This is the fourth wine from my Total Wine 2015 Challenge.
- Producer: Kitchen Sink
- Region: California
- Vintage: No year specified
- Variety: Red Table Wine - a blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah
- Where I purchased: Total Wine
- Price: $9.99
- Eyes: This wine is a "medium" red. It's dark, but not opaque like some of the more full-bodied wines I have had. Also, while swirling my glass, the wine seems more viscous. Both of these wines lead me to believe that the wine will be lighter bodied for a red blend.
- Nose: This wine has a good nose... pretty fragrant for a red. The most prominent smell that came across was a dark berry, like raspberry or blackberry.
- Mouth: My instinct from the "eyes" portion was correct. This wine is medium bodied and pretty smooth. It's what I like to call "drinkable"... easy to drink with good flavor. It is fruity with little spice and medium tannin. Based on my research, other flavors that have been identified are creme de cassis (liquor made from blackcurrants), plum, and pepper. I didn't taste any pepper notes, but that could just be my palate.
- Thoughts: I would say this pretty good for the $9.99 price point. As some of the other less expensive wines I've had, I definitely think this is a good intro for those trying out red wines due to the low tannins. I prefer more spice and "bite" to my red if I'm have a good meal, but I would say it's a nice choice for every day table wine. We ate this with sauteed chicken in a light tomato sauce, and I thought it paired quite nicely!