My husband and I were settling in for dinner and an evening catching up on some Chopped episodes on Food Network. We fancied a simple, easy drinking, yet hearty glass so we popped open Bridlewood Blend 175 2009. The mission of Bridlewood Winery is to create wines that reflect the varying diversity of the Central Coast appellation. For each of their wines, winemaker David Hopkins selects grapes from many different vineyards in order to capture the distinct character inherent in the soil, climate and history of each one. Grapes from each vineyard are fermented separately and then blended in order to develop precise, concentrated flavours. Blend 175 refers to the fact that they tasted the different vineyard lots 175 times before blending them together to craft the final batch.
Inky purple with ruby highlights, after aerating aromas of fresh grapes, raspberries and hints of woodsy oak swirled about in the glass. Jammy flavours of tart black cherry and blackberry were entwined with hints of sweet vanilla in the medium body. Spicy black pepper merged with dark chocolate and traces of toasty oak and dried cherry in the exuberant yet moderate finish. A pleasant combination of fruit and spice result in a sociable, crowd pleasing, easy drinking glass.
57% Syrah, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Zinfandel
Vinted & Bottled by Bridlewood Winery, Healdsburg
Enjoy now thru 2014
*Rated 89 points by the Wine Advocate