2014 Cupcake Black Forest Decadent Red

Dark in color with a black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some rich black berries to match the nose, black cherries and the like along with some mocha. Straight out of the bottle the alcohol was quite noticeable but that died down a little. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm tannins, sharp dryness and acidity along with some peppery notes. This is a surprisingly complex wine for the price, indicative of it being a heavily blended wine. It actually reminds me a lot of an aussie shiraz. I would give it an 88 or so.

From the LCBO web site:
Cupcake Black Forest Decadent Red— LCBO#: 470088
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
Deep ruby red colour; aromas of sweet black fruit, chocolate cake and vanilla with notes of dark fruit, cherry and spice; dryish, medium to full-bodied, soft, rounded, moderately structured palate, supporting flavours of dark fruit, cherry, blueberry, spice, vanilla and dark chocolate, notes of cinnamon and sweet fruit. $14.95
Release Date:February 7, 2017
Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in:California, USA By: Cupcake Vineyards Sugar Content:2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Full-bodied & Smooth

From the winery’s web site:
A dark, decadent red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Petite Verdot and Petite Sirah. The barrel aged Cabernet Sauvignon provides the powerful but elegant backbone and structure while the Merlot adds the dark berry nose and luscious mouthfeel. The Zinfandel adds a particular spiciness that you can only grow in California. PetiteVerdot, a winemaker’s best friend, always makes a blend taste better and adds a pretty floral aroma and purple hue while the Petite Sirah seals thedeal with its inky color and round tannins.

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