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Mira Luna Crusher & Stemmer Red Table Wine
This version of Crusher & Stemmer Red is the best one thus far.
Done in the same Crusher & Stemmer low acidity/sausages-on-the-grill-red style.
Crafted by winemaker Francis Sanders, with bottle art by David Griffin, this wine's label features characters from Corked! the comic. Read the comic online at www.corkedthecomic.com.
This vintage was made using 4 extra-strong varietals instead of 9.
70% Merlot, 20% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petite Sirah.
Merlot (plum, cherry & black tea) lends structure, suppleness, elegance, balance, finesse, mouthfeel and personality - think West Coast St Emilion.
Syrah (boysenberry jam, bacon, black pepper, smoke & graphite) adds color, mouthfeel, suppleness and tempers the herbaceousness of the Bordeaux varietals.
Cabernet Sauvignon (cassis) lends structure, heft, an almost truffle quality and a dust component - by itself this component is too monolithic & one-dimensional.
Petite Sirah (spiced plum) also tempers the herbaceousness while adding some guts, spice, earthy agricultural elements and "age" to the final blend (the sum of red Bordeaux varietals plus Petite Sirah always tastes and seems more mature together than individually).
Let it breathe for 30 minutes before serving...