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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Stephen Vincent Crimson 2007

CrimsonStephen Vincent is a Sonoma winery that offers a basic California lineup of wines: Cab, Merlot, Zin, Pinot Noir, a Syrah blend, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The namesake of the company is a former Gallo marketing guy, and the head winemaker was one of the founders of La Crema.

Crimson, the Syrah blend, contains 25 percent Cabernet Sauvignon – and what a nice blend it is! It starts with a nose of dark berries and just a hint of cigar box from the French oak, and follows up with more dark fruit on the palate. It’s big, mouthfilling and soft, with just enough tannin to keep it from being flabby. This wine isn’t terribly complex, but it is agreeable – a big, friendly, satisfying red that is easy to get along with, whether drunk by itself or paired with food (burgers or meat loaf come to mind). At just $8.99 per bottle, it makes a great house wine or weekday drinker.
J. Silverheels Gray, 11:10 AM


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