Well, it's time to relax and have a glass of wine as I make dinner. Tonight I've opened a bottle of 2012 Dark Horse Wine Big Red Blend, an interesting one that I recently picked up at Trader Joe's. This wine is from a maker in California, but it's a blend of Malbec, Syrah, Tempranillo and Merlot sourced from California, Australia and Argentina. Let's just hope the whole is greater than the sum of its parts!
The wine is a deep, inky purple in the glass, reminiscent of a nice bold Cabernet. The nose is anything but, with aromas of red ripe fruit, raspberry, blackberry and currant overlaid with hints of mint and floral notes. The taste was pleasant, with fruit flavors that were much milder than I was expecting based on the nose. The fruit gives way to some warm spice notes midpalate, but the finish was unremarkable.
Overall I would rate this wine a solid 6.5, it's a nice everyday table wine at a decent price of only $8. Tonight I am enjoying this wine with a classic midweek dinner of leftovers! I'm having some grilled wine and cheese brats with some potato salad and coleslaw, a nice easy drinking wine to pair with classic fair food. Cheers!