A dry, serious, single vineyard blend from Paso Robles with an interactive label, the Rabble Red Blend.
Sample submitted for review. The Rabble Red Blend from Tooth & Nail Winery has an SRP of $18 but is available for as low as $14.
The Rabble labels are renditions of historical wood block prints from the Nuremberg Chronicle (late 1400’s), textured and tactile, depicting nature’s wrath. Nature is ruthless when it goes ignored. This label illustrates the Apocalyptic Comet falling upon Florence with the Unicorn and Phoenix.
The 2015 Rabble Red Blend begins with a very pleasing aroma of blueberry, blackberry, baking spice, licorice, cocoa and more. Tasting the wine reveals black cherry, leather and lots of licorice along with good acidity and grippy tannins. Dusty spice leads into the very long, dry finish.
This is definitely not the typical wine you find in the red blend category at this price. Instead, this is a dry, serious, single vineyard blend. Even the interactive, AR (Augmented Reality) label like the 19 Crimes wines sets the expectation that this is going to be more along the lines of one the popular, sweet, manufactured red blend category but thankfully that is not the case.
One other note is that this isn’t even really a red blend at 90% Merlot. In fact, in California a wine only needs to contain 75% of a variety to be labeled as a single varietal. I almost wonder if they felt this one would sell better labeled as a red blend than as a Merlot. No matter, it’s good stuff either way!
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