2005 Joe Blow Wine Cellars Red, California

11282007.jpgThe bottle says, “This wine is serious! The name is not.”… and you know what? I like the fun attitude they’re putting out there with a statement like that. This wine really is just plain tasty. It’s a blend of Syrah, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon.

What all that adds up to is a juicy and completely unpretentious glassful of sippin’ fun. The colour is a deep and dark red… the nose is a complex bunch of tobacco, dark fruit and licorice. A tip o’ the glass gives up a nice bunch of brambly dark berries, licorice and a long dark chocolate-edged finish.

When you see a bottle like this, you may just dismiss it as a California version of a “critter” wine… but it’s more than that. For the price, it’s fantastic. It’s actually got some complexity and depth.

I like it. This is my new house red. ‘Nuff said.

$17 in LDB stores here in BC.

3 1/2 stars

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