Rocks! By Cornerstone Red California 2013

The Data

Country   USA

Appellation   California

Varietal   Red Blend

Retail Price   $15

ABV   13.5%

In the Glass

Appearance

Brilliant, ruby to garnet red color.

Aromatics

The aromatics open with ripe, freshly crushed red and black berries (more red than black) with supporting notes of baking spice, pepper, and subtle earth tones.

Flavor

The palate is in full agreement as ripe fruit and spice take the lead with accents of leather and earth. It finishes with a touch of dried berries and a subtle tart fruit note.

Intensity & Texture

Perfectly balanced with enough bright acidity to keep it fresh while never trampling on the ripe fruit core.

Cool Factor

A

I love a good kitchen sink blend that delivers pure hedonisitc pleasure with no pretense whatsoever.

Value Grade

A

At around $15 you probably want to buy this wine by the case.

Analysis

This is the style of wine that every wine drinker loves. It drinks like a Côtes du Rhône while it clearly is not a Côtes du Rhône – rather a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Pinot Noir. It's ready to drink and the screwcap closure reinforces that fact. It's almost a shame that these blends change from year to year as I would love to see this wine on a regular basis.

How to Enjoy

Turn cap and pour – it's ready to drink. This is perfect for summer and fall grilling as it marries so well with grilled burgers and sausages or grilled polenta and tomatoes.

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