2014 Red Blend
California: Monterey County
The Gifft that keeps on giving
Today’s wine was made by Scheid Vineyards, in collaboration with Kathie Lee Gifford. This Gifft 2012 Monterey County Red Blend is a delicious, wallet-friendly wine that delivers a surprisingly serious drinking experience.
Gifft wine is no mere celebrity endorsement, though (We all know how those wines usually turn out!). This is, instead, a partnership between Kathie Lee Gifford and the famous Scheid Vineyards, with Scheid’s winemaker Dave Nagengast in full command of the winemaking process.
Dave consults with many wineries, including Scheid, as well as heading up his own Nagengast Estate Vineyard and Cinquain Cellars.
Heady and full on the nose with layered aromas of black cherry, smoky plum, blackberry, cassis, spice, cedar, smoked meats and a subtle hint of savory herbs.
On the palate, the wine is dark and initially fruit-driven, with sweet black cherry, cassis and plum out in front. As the wine settles onto the palate, additional flavors appear, including grilled fig, soft spice, smoked meat, dried leaves and a hint of black pepper.
We’ve been Giffted with access to quite a few cases of this surprisingly delicious wine, but still, don’t expect it to last the day. This wine comes highly recommended.
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Dark scarlet at the heart of the wine, pretty ruby red at the edges. After a swirl, tall, chubby tears cling to the glass wall, descending slowly downward.
Bing cherry, blackberry, red plum and cranberry meld with sweet oak, subtle chocolate and sweet spice.
Cherry juice, raspberry, cranberry cocktail, sweet oak, cocoa, flinty mineral, mixed spice and subtle peppercorn.
The fruits go medium long, while spice, cocoa, and peppercorn seem to persist for a long time, eventually fading to reveal an easy, semi-plush dryness.
Enjoy this sweet summer sipper with cheeses like blue cheese or stilton, meat topped pizzas, or sticky BBQ ribs, BBQ chicken or a delicious flourless chocolate cake.
What the Winery Says
- Dave Nagengast
- Red Blend
- 47% Merlot
- 26% Petite Sirah
- 14% Syrah
- 8% Cabernet Sauvignon
- 3% Riesling
- 2% Muscat Canelli
- Monterey County
- Harvest Date
- September 2 - October 27, 2014
- Bottling date
- April 11, 2016
- 0.59 g/l
- 12 months
- American and Hungarian oak