Virginia is clearly making a name for itself with blended red wines. The vast majority of the Gold Medalists in the 2013 Governor’s Cup competition were red wine blends.
Roundabout Cellars 2011 Crossroads is a slightly different take on blended red than the typical high complexity heavier tannins versions. This wine focuses more on the fruit and less on the winemaking.
In what winemakers often call a “balanced” blend, the 2011 Crossroads is 34% Cabernet Franc, 33% Nebbiolo and 33% Merlot. In the glass, this wine presents a deep brick red almost opaque color from rim to rim. The nose is filled with plum, licorice and blackberry.
The subtle attack features gentle tannins with an underpinning of toffee. The midpalate expands to expose black cherry notes and strong hints of dark chocolate. The finish lingers nicely on the rear of the palate with highlights of berry, pine nuts and chocolate.
This well balanced blend is exceptional paired with spicy tomato based Italian food. While I would not choose to pair with a peppercorn steak, I believe it would be a fine selection for beef stroganoff and grilled eggplant.
Drinking most nicely now, I do not anticipate a significant increase in complexity with additional bottle aging.
DRINK NOW – SPRING 2015