15 Jul Wine Wednesday: Ghost Pines Red Blend 2012 ($20)
This Week In Red Wine Reviews: Ghost Pines Winemaker’s Red Blend 2012 ($20)
“Loads of black cherry and black currant fruit intermixed with notions of steak tartare, lavender and Provencal herbs are found in this rich, medium to full-bodied, fleshy, seductive red.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Wine Ratings & Awards
2014 California State Fair – Silver
2014 Orange County Wine Society – Silver Medal
2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition – Silver Medal
2014 THEGRAPE Grape Certified – Gold Medal
Wines from Ghost Pines may be described as a lot of things, but traditional Californian wine, is not one of them. While the greater part of the grapes selected for the 2012 Ghost Pines red blend came from Sonoma County the rest were sourced from Napa Valley and several San Joaquin Valley counties. A portion of the grapes came from the Monte Rosso Vineyard, which was named California’s 2012 Vineyard of the Year. A combination of primo grapes, volcanic soil, steep slopes and near perfect weather conditions, all contributed to the intense color, flavor and character of this lush red wine blend.
The 2012 Ghost Pines Red Blend showcases complexity and balance, while packing in a mouthful of aromas and flavors, like blueberry and warm tart, blackberry pie, framed by notes of salted caramel, spice and traces of truffle; a delicious rich, full-bodied wine blend with yummy chewy tannins that come together and end on a long, luscious finish.
Drink now and enjoy with friends over dinner. We recommend pairing this wine with a savory herbed rack of lamb or a juicy apple smoked cheese stuffed bacon burger; other great alternatives to consider are pan roasted swordfish steaks, or vegetarian paella.
Wine Region: Sonoma County, Napa County & San Joaquin County, California
Wine Grapes: 31% Zinfandel, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Petite Sirah, 7% Syrah, 3% Petite Verdot and 5% other
Style: Full-bodied, Complex & Rich
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Food & Wine Pairing: Apple Smoked Cheese Stuffed Bacon Burger – View Recipe
We hope you enjoyed this Wednesday’s wine review. We’re not only confident you’ll enjoy today’s Grape Certified Gold wine recommendation but we’re excited for you to try the 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!
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Aroma & Flavor
Grape Certified Gold
A terrific wine under $25, the 2012 Ghost Pines Red blend is complex and delicious. Sniff and savor your way to bliss and enjoy: blueberry, plum, ripe blackberry, baking spices, and candied caramel. This wine is a rich and layered full-bodied wine with chewy tannins that build up to a long finish. Pour a glass of this Grape Certified Gold wine tonight. Cheers!