iNWine Wednesday: Snuggle up with Mayhem merlot cabernet franc
Red wine season is upon us and Mayhem Cabernet Franc is the perfect choice to ease you into fireside bliss.
Mayhem Wines is a family affair led by my friend and Garagiste partner-in-crime, Terry Meyer Stone. This Merlot Cab Franc blend is absolutely delicious and features their epic Anarchist Mountain Merlot grown on their home vineyard in Osoyoos. This wine is rich, smooth and sexy and would pair well with a lovely bowl of beef stew and/or snuggling under a duvet.
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From their website: mayhemwines.com
2017 Merlot Cabernet Franc
75% Merlot/25% Cabernet Franc.
A portion of the Merlot was sourced from one of our home vineyards on Anarchist Mountain, Osoyoos BC, along with a grower vineyard in Oliver. The Cabernet Franc grapes were sourced from the Naramata Bench. Each variety was processed separately and aged in a combination of new and seasoned French oak for nine months before being married together in the final blend.
The nose reveals herbaceous notes of sage and eucalyptus, followed by hints of wet forest floor, leather and a medicinal quality. A baked cherry bouquet also shows through on the fruit forward palate with juicy red berries and plum. It finishes with a light hint of herbaceousness, integrated tannin structure, and a lingering finish. pH 3.80, TA 6.15, Alcohol 13.3%, 374 cases produced
"The mix is 75/25 merlot/cabernet franc, a smart choice for an inexpensive Okanagan red. It's all aged in French oak, another good idea, adding some class and firmness. The nose is a savoury melange of dried herbs and menthol with an earthy, leafy, black raspberry character that spills onto a fresh, red-fruited, plummy mid-palate. This wine hits all the bells and whistles for its price but can startle with its rooty, spicy finish. Perfect for mushroom risotto."
~ Anthony Gismondi, Gismondi on Wine
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