The bottle advertises a wine that is exotic, decadent, and mysterious, so my expectations are through the roof. On their website they gush “Black Ink is an ode to fantasy through the arts, portraying elegance with an edge. In a celebration of decadence, juicy blackberry cobbler meets smoky licorice with a hint of spice. The capsule is marked with the allusive squid in a nod to the deep dark red hues within the bottle.”
Translation please. What exactly is an “allusive squid” and what does squid have to do with “red hues”? Is a squid elegant or decadent? I confess I never thought of squid ink as elegant or edgy so thanks to the poesy of these scribes I now have a new world view. Does this have anything to do with what’s in the glass?
The wine is ruby with a hint of purple and transparent, not inky at all. The nose has the juicy blackberry, smoky licorice thing going on so here’s to truth in advertising. It’s supplemented by obvious oak. The meager palate opens with a bit of sweetness and quickly turns sour on the finish. It’s about as decadent as a night at home watching reruns of Frazier. The oscillation between too sweet and too sour is mysterious only if “mysterious” means weird.
A blend of Syrah, Merlot, Malbec and Zinfandel if that matters.
Bowie’s “Telling Lies” comes to mind