Palo Alto Reserve Red 2010
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Carmenere, 15% Syrah - As a blend, the wine pulls it's characteristic from the grape varieties used. Each grape is full bodied, high in tannins and acidity but the taste is one of unexpected charm.
This is a mixture of young Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere and Syrah grapes, although the bottle didn't allude to the quantity of each. The nose gave very subtle hints of pepper, blackberry and burnt oak. The taste was immediatley smooth and strong but noticably easy to drink. The presence of high tannins is well disguised and a whole range of flavors vie to be the primary taste, making it tricky to pin down. Ripe plum and blackberry do linger around the fringes but the winner seems to be oak however, this again gives way to red fruits as the taste fades.