Thursday, August 14, 2014

Weekly Wine Review - Washington State Red - 2010 Kestrel Tribute Red

Pop quiz - I selected this wine because:

a. I have been experimenting more with blended wines
b. I have very much enjoying the wines of Washington (taste and value)
c. I was looking for a wine for a Hunger Games viewing party
d. All of the Above
e. Nothing I hate more than a Pop Quiz

(Hint: the answer is between c. and e.!)

Wine: 2010 Kestrel Tribute Red
Region: Yakima Valley, Washington State
Grape Varieties: 52% Mourvedre , 44% Merlot
Obtained from: Purchased at Total Wine & More
Price: $20
Wino4Life Category: Weekend Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.
Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.

Appearance: Clear, dark purple in the center with a pink rim.

Aroma: Black cherry, vanilla, spice, black pepper, dried herbs.

Taste: Lots of fruit, nicely balanced, but a very short finish.

The Grade: I give this one a B.  Very tasty, but the short finish is a bit disappointing. Not a bad choice for a pre-dinner wine to serve with some simple snacks, or after dinner with a chuck of dark chocolate.

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