2011 Westerly US Red Blend "Fletcher's Red"
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Fletcher's Red"
Wine Category: US Red Blend
Grape blend: 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Malbec, 19% Merlot, & 11% Petit Verdot
Region: Happy Canyon
State or country: CA
Cases produced: 347
KWG Score: 90.5 (based on 2 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)
Review date: December 27, 2015
Wine Review: This very dark ruby colored blend opens with a pomegranate and cranberry bouquet with some red plum as well. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, very juicy and fruit forward. The flavor profile is red currant and red plum with notes of minerality and oak. We also detected hints of black pepper and pomegranate. The finish is dry and its fruit and moderate tannins linger nicely. This fruit bomb was well received by our mini tasting group. They were impressed with the amount of fruit given the 2011 vintage. We would pair well with slow cooked Colorado lamb chops with an herb marinade, soft polenta with wild mushrooms. Enjoy - Ken
Winemaker Notes: The blend for Fletcher's Red changes every year, and the 2011 introduces Malbec into the varietal mix for the first time. Crafted in a modern, opulent style, this wine is nuanced and character driven, highlighted by the bright acid of the early-ripening Malbec, and the complex minerality of the Cabernet Sauvignon. Rich and round, the 2011 Fletcher's will impress now, but will drink at its peak from 2016-2021.
Organic status: not organic
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