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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Beauzeaux Red Blend 2005

I'd been aware of Beaulieu Vineyards’ Beauzeaux Red Blend for a little while, and since I'm a fan of their wines I was curious about it. So when I saw a bottle of it at a local shop for about $6, I decided to give it a try.

Beauxzeaux is yet another "kitchen sink red," along the lines of Red Truck, Red, Five Reds, Rabid Red, House Wine Red and a shelf full of others. BV lists eight varietals on the back label, including a couple of pretty obscure ones. (Lagrein? Valdiguie? Wozzat?) What sets Beauzeaux apart is its price, since its competition all sells in the $10 - $15 range.

So, I cracked the screwcap, poured myself a glass, and ... wow, was it ever acidic! And hot, too, even though the stated alchohol level is a reasonable 13.5 percent. As much as I wanted to like it I wasn't, and was considering moving on to the next candidate, a $7 Malbec from Santa Julia.

Then it dawned on me: Beauzeaux needed to chill out. After 15 minutes in the freezer, the acids had moderated, the heat wasn't noticable, and a pleasant cherry-berry nose had emerged, followed by a medium bodied quaff that tastes ... well, red. And the fact that it was about 55°F made it even more refreshing. Beauzeaux is a perfectly good wine, well-suited for pizza, burgers and parties — as long as it can keep its cool.
M. Zane Grey, 9:06 AM