Silverdale, WA 13.5% alc. (Purchased on 10/2/13)
Problem with non-vintage wines is…if there’s no lot number on the label, who knows which version of NV this is. I found a winery fact sheet on a Redhead Red that says this may be 54% Merlot, 38% Cab Sauv and 8% Syrah and that it got 18 months oak ageing. Must have been mighty neutral oak because I get nothing to speak of and I’m very oak sensitive. But if you enjoy cherryish Merlot fruit, this might be the wine for you. In some respects, it’s kind of like the red version of the mighty fine Ryan’s Riesling I reviewed previously. The winery sold this for $10, so it’s now half price at GO.
Clear medium cherry red with a lavender rim; nose is very forward and fruity with aromas of cherry Kool-Ade and ripe raspberries; in the mouth there’s some tannin and light chewiness and flavors of more raspberries and cherries and perhaps the very slightest bit of residual sugar (but could just be perceived due to the overload of fruitiness). A very simple, but tasty red quaffer that would likely show best in warm summer weather. We’re having corned beef and cabbage for dinner tonight, so this might work well with the salty meat…and it’s got that goofy green leprechaun on the label, so it just seems to fit!