|Cliffhanger Vineyards Proprietary Red Blend: Photo Credit Bill Rockwell|
The flavor profile of the Proprietor's Blend is predominately berry, especially blueberry and black raspberry, but other notes include black cherry and violets.
With 13% alcohol, the Proprietor's Red Blend goes down as smooth as silk and is light on the tannins. Those who like Pinot Noirs should appreciate the wine's mellow, seductive flavors and pleasant drinkability. (The Lagrein grape is actually related to Pinot Noir as well as Syrah, and Teroldego has been cultivated in Italy for centuries).
Both complex and intense, the wine is versatile enough to be drunk solo but is also extremely complimentary to a range of foods including red meats, grilled vegetables, red sauced pastas and hearty cheese.
The suggested retail price is $14 but it's worth $20 to 25 at least.
Note: Cliffhanger Vineyards Proprietor's Red Blends will make its US debut on June 1, 2014. It is available in PA via a special order for a minimum of 6 bottles for consumers (on-premise accounts are also able to purchase for their wine lists).