Charles & Charles Red Blend 2011 wine review by (PB)
Thin cherry hue with aromas of vegetal fruit with a touch of mocha.
Palate--bready, non-nondescript, dark fruit with a finish of milk chocolate.
This blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Syrah is your basic plonk, an adjective I don't use often.
This wine is collaborative effort between Charles Beiler and Charles Smith, the iconoclastic wine guru of the reliable Washington State K Vintner's. Smith always does a decent job on his wines whether single vineyard or basic sourced blends. This is an exception to what I expect from Smith and while I am not familiar with Mr. Bieler, he seems to be an opportunist who is more interested in scoring an experience rather than investing in the art of wine making. (This is based on what I have read online; beyond this I have no frame of reference for Mr. Bieler)
This is a big disappointment even at $11 and I would urge Mr. Smith to regain focus and do what he does best--producing quality and value Washington State wines.
Find something else of which to raise a glass!