Monday, May 25, 2009

Tiz Red, 2004 ($11)

Santa Rosa, CA (Sonoma County)

I’ve been drinking this red blend for just under a year now and it continues to impress me with consistency from the 2 vintage years I’ve tried (2003 & 2004). If you’re looking for an everyday, easy drinking red that’s got nothing to be ashamed of at $11, then give this one a try.

With subtle aromas of strawberries and raspberries the taste followed through with similar ripe berries and fruit forward flavors. I found a mild tartness toward the edges of my tongue as the finish delivered hints of pepper and licorice. None of the flavors are overpowering and blended together very well. I would say this is a medium body wine with a bright and crisp character. It’s a blend of 65% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Syrah. 52% of the wine was oak aged while the Merlot & Cab. grapes were cold fermented in stainless steel to maintain their crisp flavors. The Syrah was barrel fermented to deepen the color and intensify the flavors.

Grilled meats or pasta w/ bolognaise sauce seems to be a favorite of mine with Tiz Red. I’ve seen the wine now at many retailers so my guess is distribution is quite good. Fresh Market, Whole Foods and in Florida, ABC Liquors are some of the places that carry the wine.


  1. AnonymousJune 26, 2009

    Just tried this wine tonight with grilled sirloin. I was pleasantly surprised. I got this wine on closeout special for just under 8 dollars. Well worth it and I hope to get more tomorrow.

  2. Cost World Plus in Seattle has a special selling Tiz Red 2004 for $4.29 a bottle. Nice bargain.


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