So the long holiday weekend has commenced, along with the unofficial start of summer on this Memorial Day weekend, so why not start out with a nice bottle of wine? Tonight I've opened a bottle of 2012 Mockingbird Hill Reserve Red Wine, a nice blend from Sonoma County that I recently picked up on Wines Till Sold Out.
The wine is a nice deep ruby color in the glass with nice clarity. The nose presents pleasant aromas of cherry, boysenberry and plum along with some earthy notes of peat and fresh cut cedar. The taste is a nice combination of ripe fruit up front, with some blackberry and cassis presenting a bit of jammy fruit which transitions to some nice notes of tobacco and toasted oak. The tannins were somewhat young and tight, but they created a nice foundation for a smooth, dry finish.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 7.5, it's drinking well now as a very approachable red blend, but at about $13, it's a value that would make this an easy choice for an everyday wine. Tonight I am enjoying this one on the patio with an heirloom tomato caprese salad with 25-year balsamic, Tuscan herb olive oil and freshly cut basil, what could be better on such a gorgeous day? It would also pair well with a nice steak or a hearty pasta with red sauce. Cheers!