Friday, August 7, 2015

2011 Scott Harvey Winemakers Reserve Red Wine

Well, after a day of chores, cleaning and running errands, it's finally time to relax and open up a bottle of wine.  Tonight I've decided to open a bottle of 2011 Scott Harvey Winemakers Reserve Red Wine from Napa Valley, a nice red blend I recently picked up from Wines Till Sold Out.  The wine is a blend of Merlot (69%), Syrah (21%), Cabernet Franc (5%) and Petit Verdot (5%) all sourced from the Atlas Peak area of Napa Valley.

The wine is a lovely deep ruby color in the glass, with nice clarity.  The nose presents lovely aromas of cedar, jasmine and a bit of star anise, all of which just preps you for something delicious about to come your way.  The taste is a blast of ripe blackberries and plum that transitions smoothly to some rustic oak and green herbs midpalate.  The tannins are firm and nicely integrated, providing plenty of backbone for a long, smooth dry finish that seems to last a minute or more.

Overall I would rate this wine a solid 8, it's a lovely example of the Atlas Peak area and an exceptional value at just $15!  Certainly having tasted this now, I wish I had bought more than I did.  Tonight I am enjoying this wine with some cedar planked Alaskan sockeye served over a baby kale salad tossed in aged white balsamic with some roasted summer vegetables.  This wine is a perfect complement to the rustic flavor of the salmon and a nice balance to the sweetness of the aged balsamic.  Cin cin!

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