Wine Review – The Riddler Napa Valley Red – Lot One

24th August 2011

This was a fun wine for me to drink because I enjoy a good riddle.  The wine producer, Stratton Lummis, challenges its audience to guess what grape varietals make up this blend.  The only hint they provide is that the wine contains “all the varietals you would expect in a Napa red”.  Here’s are my impressions – the wine is dark and opaque like purple ink.  The smell has lots of violets, spice, and red fruit (not to mention alcohol).  When I taste it I get raspberries, black cherries, and some plums.  The wine’s tannins are medium, so not too strong or overwhelming and the wine’s acid (think lemon sensation) makes the wine feel refreshing.  If I had to venture a guess, I would say the grape varietals are (1) Merlot; (2) Cabernet; and (3) Syrah. – Brandon

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