Alexander Valley Vineyards Homestead Red Blend 2015
Homestead Red Blend celebrates winemaking in Northern Sonoma County's Alexander Valley. The 2015 is a blend of six of our favorite grapes. Each varietal adds a different flavor profile to this well balanced wine. Winemaker Kevin Hall selected Merlot with rich concentration to anchor the blend, then added Zinfandel for spicy notes, Grenache for berry flavors, Mourvedre for additional texture, Cabernet Sauvignon for elegant structure, and then rounded out the blend with Syrah for bright berry flavors and floral aromatics.
The western drought continued in 2015 and was once again the topic of much discussion. A cool spring, rain at bloom and a hot July along with the continued effects from the lack of rain contributed to lower yields and one of our earliest harvest dates. As a result the grapes had terrific balance and concentration, and superb fruit flavors at harvest. The individual lots for Homestead Red Blend were picked, fermented and barrel aged separately in order to maximize complexity and broaden the flavors in the glass. This dark purple wine has complex aromas of dark cherry, black pepper, plum, oak, vanilla and spice. In the glass there are spicy flavors of red fruits, berry, plum, cherry, oak and vanilla. This is a fruit forward wine with nice balance and a long structured finish.
Food Pairing: Perfect with red meats. Try it with grilled foods in the warmer months and long slow braised dishes in the cooler months.
Wine AdvocateMedium garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Homestead Red Blend (mainly Merlot and Zinfandel with dashes of Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvedre and Syrah) is just a little rubbery to begin, giving way to a core of black plum, mulberry and baking spice notes with an earthy undercurrent. The medium to full-bodied palate is soft, plush and somewhat innocuous, with uncomplicated fruit preserves and decent length.
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