Happy Sunday! Tonight I've decided to open a bottle of wine that my boss gave me last year, and although I really liked it for the label, soon after reading the label I was hopelessly confused! The 2012 Flegenheimer Bros. Reserve Red Wine has a label that exudes late 19th century Americana, complete with American flags and shield, a lovely lady holding up a glass of wine seated next to some wine barrels, but this particular wine is made from Shiraz (85%) and Petite Sirah grown in the McLaren Vale of South Australia! Hence you can see my confusion. As it turns out, the family history of the winemaker goes back to a wine import and distribution business that was established in New York City back in 1876 which thrived until prohibition. The family is now in Australia making wine, and the reserve red was paired with an old trade card that dates back to 1890. So there we have it, wine and history, a fabulous combination, now let's see how the wine tastes!
The wine is a very deep, inky indigo color in the glass, much darker than many mass market Shiraz. The nose is a pleasant combination of ripe black fruit, blackberry, cherry and plum interlaced with some earthy notes of leather and clay. The taste is wonderfully fruit forward, with a rush of jammy black fruit at the outset that transitions smoothly to some spice notes midpalate. The finish is nice, though rather brief, with a lingering of ripe fruit with some tart cherry notes as well.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8, as it's a very pleasant and easy drinking wine. It would pair well with lamb, roasts or wild game, or just as a pleasant sipping wine to enjoy in the evening as I am doing tonight. Cheers!