Friday, April 13, 2012

Cupcake Red Velvet 2011 - aka Fruit Bomb Red

Was Apothic Red or Cupcake Red Velvet First? Either way, they are clearly blended to achieve the same flavor profile.

low tannin
Chocolate up front, in the middle and the end.

Apothic has a weird maple syrup component that Cupcake does not have (this is good) but otherwise very similar. Red Velvet is a blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah

Drinkable. Sweet. Easy to drink. Good with a steak. I like it better than the Apothic Red (which I find undrinkable). Under $10.

But like apothic, the wine becomes undrinkable after two or three glases. It is just to much. To sweet, to fruity it just becomes unpleasant. I want to like it, but cant

Monday, April 9, 2012

Red Tree Pinot Noir, 2010

In Summary - A fine light red wine, with some fruit, decent with food.

Red Tree makes cheap wine - $5.99 at Festival Foods (plus a $2 a bottle rebate). However cheap in this case means a pretty decent wine that you can buy a ton of for an event and not be embarrassed by serving it nor draining your checking account.

Red Tree pitches it's wines this way - Redtree offers consumers fresh, fruit forward, distinctive varietals of consistent quality and exceptional value that are ready for immediate consumption. These wines are ideal as an aperitif and complement everyday meals as well as special occasions

Not sure how distinctive they are, but sure - it is on the list for consideration of wine's at the upcoming wedding.