Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
California, United States
Alc. 13 %
The Chalkboard range of wines from California draws inspiration from the idea of "daily special" wines served by the glass or carafe and advertised on hand-lettered chalkboards in casual restaurants and bistros around the world. These are wines that can be enjoyed at any time, in any circumstance — a casual glass on the patio before dinner, or with simple, satisfying weeknight dishes. We sometimes call them "Tuesday wines", as they're delicious, approachable, and have no need to wait for a special occasion or a perfect pairing!
Aside from making for deeply satisfying wines, the Chalkboard range also highlights a growing trend in winemaking: the rise of the virtual winery. Because high startup costs can keep talented young winemakers from owning their own vineyards or equipment, the need for a more accessible way to enter the industry gave rise to the virtual winery. Using purchased grapes (often from highly-regarded sources whose own, much more expensive bottling are protected by non-disclosure agreements) and rented winemaking space, these enterprising brands are able to offer high-quality wines at surprisingly good prices. At WineCollective, we're always on the hunt for these over-delivering gems and are thrilled to pass them on to you!
Pop this crowd-pleasing red blend in the fridge for 15 minutes, and enjoy now or over the next two years.
In the glass, the Chalkboard Red Blend is vibrant raspberry-red, with a bright cherry core and pale rim.
The nose is pure summer goodness — warm sweet fruit, with tart raspberries and cherry leading the way, backed by a hint of black currant and raspberry leaf to add a herbaceous freshness.
Bushels of berries on the palate of this dry, medium-bodied red, with cherries, raspberries, red currants, and just a hint of spice. Don't let the lighter body fool you, as this is packed with flavour and has excellent freshness on the finish. Easy drinking and vibrant, this is a perfect patio red.
Try this on a summer day, very lightly chilled, and pair with charcuterie and soft cheeses before dinner. Looking for something more substantial? Serve alongside cedar-planked salmon or grilled pork chops with a cherry and red wine reduction.
Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Retail: $74.99 Club: $54.99