45% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot and 4% Malbec from Columbia Valley, Washington.
SRP of $27 (with a source price of $50) but available for as low as $19.99. 900 cases produced. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
"Story: This exquisite blend of five classic red grapes harvested from a handful of choice growers in the Columbia River Valley packs more wallop than King Kong on performance enhancers. Individual parcels of wine were basket pressed into French oak for 14 months after which the final blend was assembled and aged again in barrel for another 14 months.
Taste: Dark and dense with captivating aromas of black currant, roasted coffee, cedar and smoke with faint hints of fresh herbs and mint. Once sipped, you'll taste a wine that's powerful, but impressively well poised. Serve with slow cooked pulled pork, grilled Portobello mushrooms, or some cave-aged Gruyere cheese.
The 2010 Ninety Plus Cellars Collector Series Monster Red Blend Lot 100 begins with a really big, delicious aroma full of dark fruit, spice, licorice, coffee, mint and a little tobacco. Give it an hour or two to really open up and it simply smells awesome. The wine tastes big, deep, dark and totally delicious. You'll find similar flavors to the nose when tasting -- tons of rich dark fruit, lots of spice and wonderful streaks of licorice and leather. Even though it pushes our $20 limit, this premium red blend from Washington State is a treat at this price. The dry, really long finish is full of tobacco, coffee and even some spicy minerality. This is monstrously good wine!
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