Finding consistently worthy inexpensive reds isn’t easy. There are many marketing gimmicks worldwide where the first vintage is awesome and the following take advantage as long as possible riding on the product buzz. So when I tasted the first vintage of Nine North’s Ten Mile red, I was glad to have found a new wine, but reserved about recommending it universally. Now, after a few vintages of consistently good releases, I can heartily recommend this delicious, round, full and smooth red.
The blend this year is 46% Petite Sirah, 44% Zinfandel, 7% Barbera and 3% Carignane, with 20% new oak, 80% older oak, and 14.1% alcohol. These are all of the different grapes grown by the pair of Canadian winery investors who descended on the Stag’s Leap district of the Napa Valley and paired up with Jim Regusci (of Regusci Winery) a few years ago to have a blast marketing new wines created from the grapes they love.
The Petite Sirah and Zin both contribute wonderful full berry fruit, mostly Black Raspberry and Blackberry, while the Barbera gives a lifting brightness and the Carignane accents the aromatics and spice. With that combination, you’re given a set of flavors and textures perfectly matched with the summertime weather, outdoor grills, or just casual party sipping.
I’m glad to offer this up as part of the club, but also that as vintages progress I’ll probably remain able to recommend it for a long time.
This wine has been sold for $12.99, is available and on sale now at Salut! Wine Co. online for $9.99, or available to wine club members for only $8.99!
Visit the Nine North winery website
About Petite Sirah (AKA Durif) at Wikipedia
Or visit the Petite Sirah appreciation website, PS I Love You
Learn all about Zinfandel at the ZAP organization’s website
Or maybe it’s Carignane that you want to know more about
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