Tuesday, November 29, 2011

McKinley Springs 2007 Bombing Range Red (Washington)

This is a really interesting blend from Washington state that came out just this past weekend at the LCBO (Ontario):  Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah with dollops of Mourvedre, Malbec and Petit Verdot.  I think the last three add the complexity to the wine while the first two give it that typicity we all know and love - thus making it an interesting blend.  The nose starts off with plum and clove, then after about an hour turns into sweet spiced-raspberry (nice evolution) ... flavour-wise you get pepper, spice, cedar, cassis, black cherry and clove all woven into a pleasant drink-it-slow package as it changes on the palate from sip to sip, adding more and more enjoyment to your evening.  The funny thing about this wine is the label - a cartoon drawing of a pilot holding a glass of wine and beside it a three panel cartoon showing a wine bottle being dropped like a bomb - here in Ontario the brain-trust at the liquor board decided it would be a good idea to cover up the glass of wine the pilot is holding in the name of social responsibility; obviously they don't want us to get the notion that drinking and flying (and dropping wine bottles from on high) is acceptable.  Really?  I needed that reminder?  Thank goodness they stepped on on this one.

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