Hit pay dirt with an amazing price on the bourbon barrel aged 1000 Stories Gold Rush Red.
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Bourbon barrel aging is hot, but we’ve found that it’s really easy to go overboard and get too much of a good thing. Today’s slightly sweet red blend manages the sweetness level and the bourbon barrel flavors quite deftly. It’s a really solid and tasty blend at a tremendous price.
It’s also a great introduction to aging wines in bourbon barrels, something that winemaker Bob Blue says was commonplace when he was first starting out in the 80’s when French oak barrels were expensive and hard to find and American oak was used mainly for whiskey.
The 1000 Stories Gold Rush Red has an SRP of $19 and an average price on wine-searcher of $18. Wine.com, for example, sells it for $17.99-$18.99 per bottle (depending on your location) plus a heck of a lot for shipping. (Wilfred Wong, their in-house wine critic, also gives it 89 points.)
Through today’s Insider Deal, Reverse Wine Snob readers can pick up 4 bottles for just $54.99 ($13.75 per bottle) plus only $5 for shipping. Factor in the savings with our $5 shipping and you’re saving 40%!
Today’s deal is available to ship to the following states: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, KS, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NM, NV, NH, NY, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI and WV.
This is a limited time, winery direct offer facilitated by our friends at Wine Country Connect (of wine.woot fame). Sale ends Monday October 21 at noon (PST) unless it sells out sooner. Shipping is a flat $5 no matter how many 4-packs you buy! Clicking on the buy button above will take you to the site winedealmaker.com for checkout. If you don't see the embedded buy box click here to order.
The bourbon barrel aged 1000 Stories Gold Rush Red is a blend of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Zinfandel with small amounts of Petite Sirah and Merlot from California. The wine is aged in traditional French and American oak barrels before also spending time in a combination of new and used bourbon barrels. It has 5.2 g/L of residual sugar.
From the bottle:
The California Gold Rush was a period of courage, bravado and curiosity. I craft Gold Rush Red with these characteristics in mind. The grapes used to blend this bold wine are carefully selected from the golden hills and valleys of California. It is finished in bourbon barrels, which complements this rich wine with notes of charred vanilla and dried herbs.
Bob Blue, Winemaker
Ripe dark fruit, baking spice and vanilla all combine seamlessly in the very pleasing bouquet of the 2016 1000 Stories Gold Rush Red. Taking a sip reveals sweet fruit mixed with more spice and vanilla, touches of caramel and chocolate and even hints of smoke, earth and black pepper. It ends smooth and quite long with all the flavors from the palate lingering in the mouth for some time. The finish is where the bourbon barrel seems to have the most influence and it fits in perfectly, gently enhancing the oaky flavors.
2016 1000 Stories Gold Rush Red
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