Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Winey Tasting Notes: Middle Sister Rebel Red Blend

According to the Middle Sister wines website,  "birth order is commonly believed to have a profound and lasting effect on psychological development? And that the middle sister has a greater chance of having a special wine named just for her?"

I agree about birth order having a major effect on us. I, myself, am the trail blazing, parent raising so everyone else gets it easier oldest child. And only girl at that. My male siblings have ME to thank for them getting cars earlier, curfews later and generally a much better teenage life than I had to endure. You are welcome.
 picture of Middle Sister Rebel Red wine front label
Back to the wine though. I am a big fan of Wine Sisterhood (the, ahem, parent company of Middle Sister Wines). They are a fun bunch of women who make great wine and give back to the community. Plus their Chardonnay is fantastic! (See my review: Wowing Me With Wine Sisterhood Chardonnay.) So as I was trolling strolling the wine aisles at my beloved Target, I decided it was high time to try another one of their wines. I opted for Rebel Red (NV, 13.5%, Napa, CA). This is a blend (38% Zinfandel, 34% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Syrah, 2% mixed red varietals) and I have had such good luck with blends lately that it didn't take me long to decide.

The nose on this is of cherry and oak. The taste is pure YUM! Cherry, jammy strawberry, summer fruits and a finish that is smooth and full of sour fruit. No biting tannins here, just a brief warmth to end it off. A wonderful, fruit forward red blend, if I do sip so myself. This would totally be a crowd pleaser because of all the wonderful flavors (the $9.99 price tag doesn't hurt either).

two little dogs
My Grey's Anatomy viewing companions.
I would call this an extremely drinkable wine, especially after a week of dealing with a teenager (youngest child) with the stomach flu and yet another winter storm warning just posted. But that night, I had a new episode of Grey's Anatomy, my two doggies for company (Winey Hubby - 4th of 5 children - chose to watch basketball) and my bottle of Rebel Red. I might even have to go as far as to call this a bit too drinkable...but it was an hour long show and it HAD been a rough week. Nuff said, okay?

I would give this wine a try...and then head on to all their other varietals. And like the good oldest child that I am, I will sip and report back to you all..making your winey lives just that much easier.


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