Veritas Red Star, Red Table Wine, NV

When winemakers create a blend the over arching theme is flavor integration and creating a wine that is greater than the sum of its parts.    Done poorly the flavors can be jumbled and clunky.  When blending goes well (as it does in this case) the flavor profile is seamless with cascading flavors across the entire palate.

In the last three years we have seen more winemakers including Chambourcin to their red blends. By not labeling this wine with a vintage, the winemaker is able to chose the best lots in the cellar.

The Veritas Red Star blend includes Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Chambourcin.  Each of these components contributes to a nicely structured melody in this unique full bodied wine.

The nose on this wine reminds me of a late summer farmer’s market filled with cherry and raspberry notes.  A bright fruit forward attack leads to a surprisingly complex midpalate of cascading flavors.  Plum, red licorice and black cherry all appear in supporting roles. A soft full mouth feel is accented by   tasty oak influences.

The finish is smooth featuring silky tannins with cherry notes hints of black pepper and caramel delightfully lingering on the rear of the palate.

This earthy wine will pair exceedingly well with braised beef, baked ziti or a hearty vegetable soup.

DRINK NOW-SEPTEMBER 2013

About these ads

About virginiawineclub

Chairman Virginia Wine Club Tasting Panel Editor, Virginia Wine Journal
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s