The Sunset Red has grapes sourced primarily from the Lodi area, which because of its Mediterranean type of climate, is able to produce wines with upfront, hearty flavors emphasizing dark fruits and bold aromas.
The Sunset Red blend (2011) is an interesting and somewhat complex wine. And that is both good and challenging. The good is that the 2011 really is unique. From the nose to the finish, the wine is actually right in your face with its flavors and aromas. And for the 2011, these are not subtle; in fact they are strong, potent, and memorable.
The challenge is replication. I really like the 2011 Sunset Red. But, since it is an outsourced blend (Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Merlot), it will be interesting to see if Mirassou can (or trys) to duplicate the wine for 2012. If it does and is successful, then the Winery has a wonderful and enduring product.
The Sunset Red came from a cooler than usual growing season in the Lodi area. Harvest throughout the Lodi area was later than a “normal” year. As a result, the wine came through with a lower than average sugar content, but with elevated flavors from the fully mature grapes.
Mirassou Winery has been family run for six generations. In fact, Mirassou is reputedly the oldest American Winemaking family and brings in almost unparalleled experience in creating quality products.
The Sunset Red is an addition to Mirassou’s collection of quality offerings. Also in the Mirassou line are the following:
- Pinot Noir
- Pinot Grigio
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Sauvignon Blanc
The 2011 Sunset Red has 13.5% alcohol, and is considered a California Varietal.
Mirassou 2011 Sunset Red has a production run of about 66,000 cases. Suggested retail price is approximately $12.00 USD.
Red wine drinkers will definitely be intrigued by the 2011 Sunset Red. It is available at Vons and many quality retailers.
Have a winederful day!