Saturday, December 22, 2012
Primal Roots 2011 Red Blend (California)
I find myself in Michigan for the holidays (and for all those who know the story - yes I have a proper glass to drink my wine from). Tonight a bottle of Primal Roots 2011 Red Blend, which I picked up and was recommended to me by my good friend Dave at Champane Wine Cellars ... quick plug: if you have never been and plan to be in Warren, Michigan or anywhere close I suggest you pop in (it's on Chicago Road) - love their wine selection, their pricing and yes, Dave always has a good bottle or two to recommend; today he recommended 8 and I am looking forward to trying them all (over time). But back to the wine at hand (or is that 'in hand'): Primal Roots is a blend of Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel, reminds me somewhat of Menage a Trois - but seems a little more serious ... by just a little. Sealed with a plastic cork this wine is not meant to age, so be warned, but it is a a delightful sipper on a snowy-wintery night (as it is here in Michigan). Chocolate, mocha, black cherry and hints of vanilla and plum all meld together. The bottle was only $8.99 and drinks like a wine at least double that. Now it's time to get back to my book, blanket and of course my proper glass of wine.
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