St. Francis Red Splash 2008, CA Red Blend

Red SplashTasting:          Date: April 03, 2013

Varietal:         Red Blend

Country:         USA, CA

Tasting Date Price:  $12.99

Rating:  N/A

Alcohol Content:  14.5%

Vineyard Website:  http://www.stfranciswine.com/

Visual Aspect: Purple with blue/black highlights

Nose:  Red fruit & black current

Palate:  Chocolate & cherry flavors joined by tones of chalky terrior

Food Pairing:  Back yard BBQ

A blend w/ raspberry fruit & spicy clove notes complemented by a round mid-palate & well-structured length.  Pair w/ casual weekend meals such as lasagna, sausage & peppers, pepperoni pizza or cheeseburgers.

Very juicy from the start, this blend of 60% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 4% Zinfandel opens with a nose of red fruit and black currant backed by earth and hints of baking spice. On the palate the wine shows ample size and density. Chewy chocolate covered cherry flavors are joined by tones of chalky terroir that carry through onto the plump finish. This is a great everyday red that works well on its own or with BLT sandwiches, pizza topped with fresh mozzarella and ground sausage or a blue cheese burger. – PJ

Winery notes: A full bodied wine packed with luscious ripe flavors and spicy aromas, RED Splash is enjoyed on any occasion. A blend of Merlot, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, it is versatile enough to pair with grilled meats, pasta or your favorite take-out

Winemakers Notes:  No one admits to buying wine by the label, but now you can. RED SPLASH blends superior Sonoma fruit, high quality winemaking and a palatable price in a sophisticated wine that is easy to like and easy to buy.

Full-bodied with ripe, red fruit character and spicy aromas, RED SPLASH is sure to make a splash with wine loving friends.

 Tasting Notes:  Some of the 2008 vintage labels say the grapes came from Sonoma and others say California, Red Splash’s technical notes are also mixed, but I think it is safe to say the majority of the fruit came from Sonoma. Red Splash is the entry level wine for St. Francis Winery of Sonoma and while the grapes used stay the same from vintage to vintage the percentage used change every year, the current vintage is 2010. The wine was aged for 15 months in French and American oak and the alcohol content is 14.5%.

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