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Red Wine Review: Red Truck

Red Truck Red Wine 2005

Red Truck Red Wine bottleLast week we profiled Red Truck wines, and posted tasting notes for their White Truck White Wine. Now we also have tasting notes for Red Truck Red Wine.

Deep, rich, aroma of blackberry fruit, earth, tobacco. Lots of sweet earth, green herbs – savory, bay leaf, sage. On the palate, lots of forward fruit upfront. Rich ripe blackberry, black raspberry. It’s a little sharp immediately out of the bottle, so let it sit and evolve for 10-15 minutes and you will be rewarded with a smoother texture and more mellowed flavor. Reminds me of a southern Rhone wine in an overly ripe vintage – think Cotes du Rhone, Cotes du Ventoux, or Vacqueyras in a hot ripe year such as 2003. Better yet, if you’ve experienced Costieres de Nimes and enjoyed it, then you’ll like this too. The black raspberry upfront yields to sweet tobacco, earth, black pepper, and a touch of chocolate licorice and cassis in the finish, which is much longer than expected and in good balance. Acidity is mild to medium, tannins are ripe and medium in intensity, alcohol is properly unnoticeable. If you let it sit for a few minutes, it is very enjoyable and jammy by itself. It is a decent match for grilled, lean meats, vegetarian dishes, chili, and mild cheeses.

a-8 t-8 b-8 fc-7 v-7 ~ 88 Points

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