Hello Friends! I’m back with some tasty new wine reviews, and your patience during the transition of the past couple weeks is so very greatly appreciated. In thanks, I’d like to share a new favorite – Big House Red.
I first enjoyed this one on a business trip and thought I’d pick up a bottle for home and a more thorough evaluation. I found this bottle at HEB for $9, but I think Walmart carries it for around $7.50. See how I look out for you?
Big House Red is a blend of thirteen* varietals, none of which included Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, or Zinfandel. Quite an accomplishment, if you think of it. Anyway, in the glass, this red was a deep plum red, carrying aromas of smoke and blueberries. What surprised me was that there was almost no smoke flavor, instead this wine was strongly blue- and blackberry flavors, followed by leather, oak, and earth.
Overall it was dry and a little dusty and full-bodied. I enjoyed it to sip with smoked cheddar and salami, but it would be excellent serviced with hot Italian sausage and peppers. Try it sometime and let me know what you think!
*The Thirteen: Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Montepulciano, Mourvedre, Sangiovese, Aglianico, Tannat, Nero d’Avolo, Sagrantino, Touriga, Barbera, and Petite Verdot.