Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Dreaming Tree, 2009 $15

Napa, CA

I've never been a fan of celebrity wines yet this one was on sale for $13 so I decided to leave my attitude aside for a try.  The wine making collaboration is Dave Matthews (musician) and Simi wine maker Steve Reeder.  I honestly wasn't expecting much from this however it was a pleasant surprise. Overall, this is a good everyday drinking red that you won't have to overly analyze.

Aromas of ripe strawberry, raspberries and hints of smoky oak gave it a respectable balance worth the price point. Flavors complimented the aromas by bringing out a fruit forward raspberry jam with subtle tannins. The smoky oak was just enough for me, not overly done. This would be a good pairing with grilled pork, chicken or even pasta with crushed tomatoes and garlic.

There's no information for the blending varietals on the label, however tasting notes share that it's a blend of 67% Merlot and 33% Zinfandel.  With oak aging for 19 months, I can see why I like the hints of oak this wine carries.  The story behind these 2 guys is definitely entertaining and interesting. You gotta love their take on life and the path traveled to make these wines.  Their sustainable efforts are to be applauded as well.  

A Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are available as well. You shouldn't have a hard time finding this at your local wine shop or even grocery store.  Distribution is nation-wide (USA) by Constellation Brands.


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