PICK of the RACK: KitFox Vineyards | Proprietary Red Wine “Foxy” | California | 2010 | $15 | 82 pts

Aromas:  deep cherry liquor; spearmint; allspice.
Character:  dry; fruit-driven; mid-weight; soft mouthfeel; low tannins; light acids; light oak.
Flavors:  ripe cherries-n-cream; dusting of cocao; spearmint; plum and smoke.
Food Pairing:  pizza & pasta; BBQ; hotdogs on the grill; easy-drinking on its own.

 

Here’s an easy going, juicy red that’s perfect for casual summer sipping on the deck or patio.  It’s a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (40%, from Napa Valley), Syrah (40%, from the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County), and Zinfandel (20%, from the Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County) ~ each variety sourced from a region where it flourishes. Explosive aromas of cherry liquour, spearmint, and allspice introduce a palate of ripe, sweet cherries, vanilla, and a drop of rosewater, with a hint of mint on the finish.  A smooth, silky texture imparts something like a cherries-n-cream impression, but there’s an undergirding of plum and smoke, as well.  It’s medium-bodied, and while a little soft (no zingy acids here), it’s a friendly drink.  I wouldn’t serve it with filet mignon, but with pizza and a movie or hotdogs on the grill?  Sure would.

Availability:  Only 300 cases of this vintage were produced by the winery, which is in Hopland, Sonoma County, so this isn’t a widely distributed wine.  For more information on this wine and where to find it, just visit the winery’s website at www.3fingerwines.com.  Folks in Northern Virginia, however, can find this wine at Unwined in Alexandria.

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