Budget Wine: Gnarly Head Authentic Black Lodi 2013

gnarly head authentic blackThis aims at a very particular flavor profile, concentrated, dark, in your face fruit and oak. A Petite Sirah based blend.

Great intensity; nothing subtle.  Ripe fig bass notes and blackberry compote with lots of vanilla and sweet coconut leap from the glass, like sticking your nose into a pie.

The same flavors appear on the palate but with some transitory cloying sweetness mid-palate which is replaced by  burnt woody notes before the mid-length, mildly astringent finish begins. The tannins don’t grab but they are furry. Full and round on the palate with low acidity. But you can take the description on the bottle to the bank. It is a mouthful of darkness.

If you like oak chips bathed in very ripe grapes this is your wine. It’s a bit contrived and overdone but has a place. At least it’s not the same old, same old.

Pair this with the master of dark, Nine Inch Nails “Reptile”

Score: 86

Alc: 14.5%

Price: $10

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