Budget Wine: The Original House Wine Red Blend American 2013

house wineFamous Washington State winemaker Charles Shaw created this line of wines to bring big flavors to the everyday table at an affordable price. The bottle notes advertise “big, bold, jammy, and smooth”. And that is sort of what you get, although it’s too soft and comfortable to be called bold.

It shows rich blackberry jam wrapped in a light coat of loam with some wood notes and vanilla on the juicy palate. Simple but satisfying up front, the midpalate is lush, smooth and fat but the finish peters off without sufficient tannins or acidity to give it zip. This is not a classically well-structured wine but it has big, juicy flavors without too much overt sweetness and is surely easy to drink. As an everyday table wine to be served with robust dishes it does it’s job well.

52% Syrah, 29% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Sangiovese, 2% Tempranillo.

Pair with the sunny, warm melody of Trey Anastasio’s “Shine”

Score: 86

Price: $11

Alc: 13%

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