A little RS is OK, I can handle that and in fact am not surprised by it in the more classic of these wines. California, of course, has a history with red blends, ie field blends and some wineries have tried to keep the spirit of these wines alive over the years. Witness Marrieta’s Old Vine Red, now on lot #60 though I’m tasting #59 and Trentadue’s Old Patch red. These are two stalwarts. Classic wines that continue to deliver real bang for the buck in a style that roughly emulate the classic field blends of California, which were based on Zin and Petite Sirah, and probably rarely were dry. I get these wines, and I like them. Heck i’m recommending them now, but the slew of upstarts. Well many have me scratching my heads.
it’s not actually the wines that have me wondering, it’s their prices. you see for my palate, once you reach a certain threshold of sugar on these supposedly dry wines all I get is sweet fruit and tannin on the palate. You can get that for under $7 if that is what you want, and I’m not passing judgement here. Why you would pay $20 for a similar wine is beyond me and the truth is I won’t be recommending those more expensive wines today because they just don’t offer good value.
This is admittedly an odd group of wines to be tasting at once, but I had a feeling that they would show in a relatively narrow style niche, but I’m looking towards the coming weekend and the parties that will require an inexpensive wine to accompany a full grill. with that in mind, let’s take a look at these wines. wines which do perform well with a burger and can keep a full backyard of wine drinkers happy for not a lot of money.