Name: Rebel Red
Variety: 38% Zinfandel, 34% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Syrah, 2% mixed red varietals. 100% California grapes with 42% from the Lodi appellation.
Region: Hopland, California
Country: United States
Smells like -…ripe red and dark berry fruits like plum, blueberry and blackberry.Sassy dash of black and white pepper with a dollop of crème de cassis.
Tastes like -…a huge mouthful of ripe summer berries. The fruit goes on and on,ending in a luxurious finish.
Yummy with -Roasts, grilled meats, pizza, pasta,salmon, burgers, burritos, soups and sandwiches.
My Review: This wine is very interesting. It smells like black pepper, coffee, and toasted oak. I didn’t get any of the fruity flavors that the reviewer did, but I guess my nose is just a little different. It honestly smelled a lot like a Merlot, but it didn’t taste like one. I very much associate Merlot wine with a heavy tobacco and spice taste, which wasn’t there. Instead it was more fruity and tasted like black cherry with a hint of plum (maybe the reviewer see eye to eye after all!). It does have a vaguely acidic after taste and the black pepper smell does pull through to the taste.
I drank this wine initially on its own, and then tried it again while eating a steak. Even though I think this is a new world wine, it was definitely better with the steak!