Beverage of the Week (BOW)
Smashberry Red Paso Robles 2016
This lovely and bold red blend is made with a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Syrah, 25% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc. While Cabernet is in the lead, the wine takes its flavor lead from the Paso Robles Syrah that gives it a bright and juicy core with flanking notes of cigar box and earth that we most commonly associate with the Bordeaux varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc). This wine is ready to drink but it will hold nicely in your cellar for three to five years but we suspect that you will pull the corks long before this wine reaches its fifth birthday.
The wines of Smashberry are unconventional blends that in sum capture the heart of Paso Robles wines. The Smashberry red features a healthy dose of Syrah in an otherwise traditional Bordeaux style blend while previous Smashberry whites have been equally bold. The Smashberry wines are crafted by Richard Shelton a winemaker who has made wines in Australia and his native Texas before settling into California. The Smashberry wines are hedonistic without apology – built for palate pleasing. Learn more about Smashberry at – Smashberry.com
Brilliant, deep purple color. The aromatics are very intense offering scents of black cherry and cassis with supporting notes of cedar, mineral, and earth. The palate confirms the nose delivering a red and black fruits-driven core with flavors of black currant, five spice, and silky earth tones. The finish is long and lingering with supple tannins. Full-bodied and ideally balanced with a opulent texture.
How to Serve
This charming and juicy red needs nothing but a glass but it pairs beautifully with BBQ, pizza, or pasta with red sauce.
Price: $ 15
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