I have been waiting for over a month to write about this wine. And the time has arrived. The time is now. I shouldn’t be so melodramatic. But I’m having fun here.
Over the course of this blog I’ve really tried to hit home my love for blends. The triumvirate of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah for both wines I’m going to review are pieced together so well.
The 141st running of the Kentucky Derby takes place this Saturday, May 2nd, 2015. And on one fateful day in the end of March, I found one of the most beautiful bottles I have ever seen. I’m sometimes dazzled by the things I attract into my life.
The 2012 Kentucky Derby Red Blend from 14 Hands is brilliant. After I saw the label and built such anticipation for it, I wanted to like this wine badly. And thank goodness I do. There is so much good about it, aside from the pretty horses. And they sure are pretty.
There’s a lot to love about this. When I opened the bottled and poured my first glass, I detected some chocolate aromas from the nose. It smelled like a full-bodied wine and the oak was permeating. I was really looking forward to drinking it. But I let it breathe for a few minutes.
It tasted more like a medium, which was just fine by me. It was a pleasant surprise. I could taste a little chocolate or cocoa, as the synopsis described. There is mention of loganberries. I have no idea what those are. I attached a link for your edification and mine. I like a winemaker that gets creative with the flavor hints and aromas.
But I still have no idea what loganberries are! That’s me being humorous. But really… I didn’t detect any plums or white pepper. But once again, it’s all perspective and interpretation. I’m always sensing berries and cherries in most of the reds I drink. So that’s always been a starting point for me. This is a fantastic wine. I agree that it goes with more easygoing foods like pizza and burgers.
An hour before, I had a glass of the 2012 Hot To Trot Red Blend. This is a bottle I have had several times before, and is a seminal favorite of mine. This is the first bottle of theirs I purchased, and I’ve been a fan ever since. For that alone, this will always be my favorite of theirs. And because there’s hints of cinnamon and spices, it really complements this blend very well. This is a well put together wine. It’s not that it’s any better than the Kentucky Derby Blend. It just has another aura of sentimentality, that the Derby one will also give me, if it hasn’t already.
I enjoyed both with some grapes and walnuts. But as the fact sheet suggests, pork, mushrooms, or other heartier dishes can work as well. I’d say it’s a little more than a party bottle as opposed to the Derby. So I understand their foodie recommendations.
I’ll tell you something. These PDF’s I have linked in this post, are so user friendly and approachable. I’ve learned so much just by reading these details. This is so well done.
One final note on the Kentucky Derby Blend. You may have noticed that they are Out Of Stock though their website. I bought this back in late March at Cranbrook Liquors of Cockeysville, MD, at their Dollar Days. They had cases of them at the time. I’d seen them in many shops all over the Baltimore area as of a week ago. So you may be able to find them at your local wine store, wherever you may live.
I definitely recommend both bottles for this Saturday’s celebrations. They may both be Red Blends, there are noticeable differences and are definitely pleasing to many palates. The Hot To Trot can be drank all year round. And just because the race ends Saturday, I see no reason why the Derby wine would be rendered obsolete. It’s a great bottle as well.
I’ve had several more of their Varietals as well. I look forward to writing about those in a future message.
Enjoy the week, enjoy the weekend, and of course, enjoy the Derby.
Take good care.