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Red Blend, 2017. Sample Only

Red Blend, 2017. Sample Only

Item #: C0320R1DC
Vintage: 2017
Varietal: Red Blend
Vineyard/Appellation: California
Color: Lively Crimson
Nose: Violets, Plum, Anise
Palate: Lovely fruit, Back & front
Finish: Cherry, Cranberry
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2026/ Red Meat, Fowl, Game/ 14.4% Alcohol by Volume

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Basically, you can boil down the wine business to two types of people; those who are in the wine part of the wine business and those who are in the business part of the wine business. Matchbook, makers of our selection, is of the latter.

Their mission is to put out a wine of a quality level and at a price point, that in every case, the consumer feels they're getting the better deal. And, that's why they've been in business for over 40 years. It's also why we've featured them for more than four decades.

We love great stories, and we love great wines. But, given a choice, we'd have to choose the wine first. Sample Only is an apt name. It is basically made of samples from the end run of a bottling that just wasn't needed. So, you're faced with a little Cabernet, a little Syrah, a little Merlot, and so on.

The winemaker then sits down with each wine and writes down its strengths and weaknesses. When you find a wine with a strength that is another's weakness, you blend them together. That creates a new wine that may have other strengths and weaknesses, so start again until you end up with a sample that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Here's a lovely selection offering ripe fruit and balance that could complement any course on the table from sausage and peppers to prosciutto pizza, pepper steak or veal Oscar.