Californian wines for Easter
We kicked things off with Californian red wines for this Easter holiday which marks the start of spring break for the entire family. Both of the wines featured in this post are full of flavor and made from a variety of grapes. The 2012 Maldonado Family Vineyards, Farm Worker, Red Wine, Napa Valley leans towards the red and tart spectrum yet it still has the obvious yet supportive, oak influence. I give it a preferential nod due to the acidity and raciness. It should open up further over the next year or two. The 2012 Bootleg Wine Works, Red Wine, Napa County leans towards the lush, sweet, blue fruited end of things. If that is what you are looking for then pick up a bottle. It drinks well from start to finish, effortlessly gliding down your throat. These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.
2012 Maldonado Family Vineyards, Farm Worker, Red Wine, Napa Valley – $26
This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Zinfandel which was aged for 18 months in French oak. Alcohol 14.4%. The flavors of tart, red powdery fruit, turns blacker towards the finish as it picks up soft cocoa flavored tannins. The wine becomes a little racy and rounded through the black fruited finish. *** Now – 2020.
2012 Bootleg Wine Works, Red Wine, Napa County – $30
This wine is a blend of 36% Merlot, 28% Petite Sirah, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, and 4% Zinfandel. Alcohol 15%. The wine is almost thick with the extract of blue fruit and spices. This lush and approachable wine leaves gum coating ripe tannins and cocoa flavors. It is unabashedly from California. **(*) Now.