27 Jan 14 Hands Hot to Trot Red Blend 2013 ($12)
This Week In Red Wine: 14 Hands Hot to Trot Red Blend 2013 ($12) – Click To Buy Wine
“Polished and restrained, featuring a core of blueberry fruit and finishing with a caramel note.” – Wine Spectator
Wine Ratings & Awards:
Grape Certified Silver Medal – 2014
Wine Enthusiast – 86 Points – 2014
Wine Spectator – 85 Points – 2014
Best Red Blends of the Year – 2014
Best Wines Under $20 – 2014
The name, 14 Hands Hot to Trot Red Blend was inspired by a time when wild mustangs used to roam freely throughout the hills of east Washington state. Small in stature, only measuring a mere fourteen hands high – every day the horses would travel down from the hills to drink from the Columbia River, grazing along the riverbank before heading back up the hills at night. Both strong and tenacious, these small horses became known for their endurance and wild spirit. Today, it is these very qualities that feed their vines. The terroir is a combination of fertile soil, sand, and gravel, which help produce both big, bold juicy red wines and crisp, fruit-forward white wines.
The much enjoyed, 2013 14 Hands Hot to Trot Red Blend is a lovely mixture of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Grenache. On the nose, a delicious concoction of berries, cherries and currants fill the nostrils. On the palate, rich notes of mixed dark fruits lead, followed by hints of mocha and baking spice on the finish – a fine balance of acidity with smooth tannins. Wine Enthusiast described this wine as follows, “Soft and juicy, it’s packed with flavors of vanilla, pipe tobacco and cola, while keeping the stuffing and structure of a substantial wine. An appealing red blend, especially for consumers new to wine.”
Enjoy the 2013 14 Hands Hot to Trot Red Blend tonight or store for another year. If you’re hungry, we recommend pairing this wine with the following delish dishes: THEGRAPE’s Simple Bacon, Tomato & Asparagus Pizza Recipe, or perhaps yummy oven chili hot dogs. Another great dish to try with this wine is the rosemary ranch chicken kabobs. As for our vegans, try the Sicilian market pasta, it pairs beautifully with this red wine.
Wine Region: Columbia Valley, Washington
Wine Grapes: Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache
Style: Medium-bodied, Round & Smooth
Food & Wine Pairings: THEGRAPE’s Simple Bacon, Tomato & Asparagus Pizza Recipe – Click To View Recipe
We hope you enjoyed this Wednesday’s wine review. We’re not only confident you’ll enjoy today’s Grape Certified Silver red wine recommendation but we’re excited for you to try the 2013 14 Hands Hot to Trot Red Blend food and wine recipe & red blend wine pairing! If you enjoyed this post don’t forget to like it above and join the discussion by leaving a rating and a comment below. Thanks and we’ll see you next week for another edition of Wine Wednesday and Food & Wine Friday. Cheers!
14 Hands Hot to Trot Red Blend
Aroma & Flavor
Grape Certified Silver
A nice wine under fifteen bucks, the 2013 14 Hands Hot to Trot Red Blend is a suitable candidate for wine tasting parties – especially if guests are required to bring a bottle and you’re on a budget. This is another easy-to-drink table wine with noticeable aromas of plum, cherry and blackberry fruits meshed with spice. Its flavors include, blackberry, plum, cherry, and vanilla with faint notes of earth and sweet tobacco. Enjoy this Grape Certified Silver wine with food and friends.