Sunday, April 10, 2011

House Wine (red) 2007 review by PB


Pigmented with big aromas of chocolate covered fruit.
Palate--Soft confused fruit with slight blueberry notes. This is an easy to drink wine but suffers from a lack of focus.

This is a common problem with wines that are blended beyond reason. This wine is an overly blended hodgepodge of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot,Zinfandel,Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot. (The only wine with a blend of so many grapes that is superior is BV's Tapestry.)

Charles Smith--the Washington State vintner who usually produces a general line of solid wines, seems to have become distracted in the past few years with respect to his "House Wine" labeled reds. They used to be solid value wines but the last few years, these have been worth ignoring. His white "House Wine" label still tends to be good values. I'd give him a shot each new vintage to see what he's produced. At $10 they can be really good but for now--this House Wine should remain homeless.

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