Truett-Hurst Vineyards & Winery
2011 The Fugitive Red Blend
California: Sonoma County: Dry Creek Valley
An obvious, humorous, in-your-face assault on the wildly popular wine, The Prisoner, this wine managed to captivate our hearts - and our senses. If you like The Prisoner (a great wine in its own right), we think that you will love The Fugitive. After all, isn’t it better to be a Fugitive than a Prisoner?
This is another outstanding wine from our friends at Truett-Hurst Winery. We wouldn’t expect any less from winemaking phenom, Virginia Marie Lambrix. Her 2011 Fugitive Red Blend, from Dry Creek Valley, is a brand new release for the winery and we were lucky enough to get our hands on it first!
Our tasting panel was instantly impressed with this food-friendly, budget-friendly, full bodied red blend. This genius blend embodies the best varietals of the Dry Creek Valley, including Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Zinfandel. Fruit driven, bold and spicy, with an ultra-smooth finish, this wine easily gets our heartiest recommendation.
As a young 2011 vintage we can’t help but imagine the potential this bright, youthful wine has. Enjoy a few bottle now, but we also highly recommend that you harbor this particular Fugitive for the next few years!
Great intensity of color with deep and dark purple hues. The depth of color gives clues to the richness of the wine. After swirling, the viscous wine glides around the glass leaving long and lean legs.
At first swirl, strong aromas of dark cocoa, rich plum, and subtle oak are prominent. Alluring aromas suggest that the wine will be complex in flavor, yet deliciously smooth. As the wine begins to breathe, new aromas such as baking spices, fresh fig, and sweet maple syrup start to appear with undertones of earthiness and minerality.
Rich plums flavors mingle with ripe blackberry, black cherry combine present themselves in an earthy and complex structure. Bright acidity and soft tannins harmonize together providing the ultimate balance. As it opens, undertones of dark spice and a subtle layer of sweet maple syrup coat the palate.
A silky and smooth finish provide the taster with a real sense of elegance. With time to breathe the bright acidity bursts through, providing a long sustaining finish reaching the far reaches of the palate.