This week I tasted two phenomenal red blends. Both are from California.
The first was an elegant wine from Materra Wines, from the Cunat Family Vineyards. It’s called Right Bank and it’s their 2013 vintage. This wine is 99% Merlot and 1% Cabernet and 100% delectable. It’s structure and grace reminds me fondly of the finest Bordeaux wines. An intoxicating fruity and floral nose makes this medium-bodied wine truly stand out. On the palate, there is red, black and brambly fruit, earth, toast and a light note of black pepper. The finish is dry and leaves you wanting more. The elegance of this wine would have it pairing well with equally refined foods such as filet minion. It complements, without overwhelming, whatever you’re eating. It’s a gift any red wine lover would appreciate. And if you love red wine? Gift yourself! It retails at $50.
The second wine I got to sample thanks to my sister Connie, who also supplied me with the photo, was Josh Legacy 2016. Legacy is similar to the well-known Josh Cabernet, in that it is a silky smooth fruity red, with great structure, bit of a toast, and a long, satisfying, dry finish. The company Josh Cellars, is known for charitably giving back to the community of first responders so it is another reason to feel good about drinking Josh. There’s plenty of info on their positive initiatives on their website. Where the website falls a bit short is on info about what grapes varietals are in the Legacy blend and on the wine making process for Legacy. Their tasting notes, however, are completely on point. “A rich, velvety red blend bursting with flavors of ripe plum, black cherry and toasted cedar with scents of dark fruit and pepper.” With an average price of only $13 it’s a wonderful treat you can afford to enjoy any time.