Red wine drinkers looking for a nice Red Blend at a reasonable price should seek out the Primal Roots 2010 Red Blend. It’s a blend of Syrah (37%), Merlot (43%) and Zinfandel (20%) which, in this combination, brings about a very pleasant product.
Primal Roots comes from the Lodi area, well known for its powerful reds and more recently red blends. Primal Roots is a good example of the confluence of the unique individual characteristics of Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel.
From the Merlot, the Red Blend acquires its smooth nose of mocha and raspberry and the finishing tannins; from the Zin, the Blend gathers the Spiciness and a hint of Raspberry and from the Syrah the cherry and vanilla emerge. Together they create a pleasing wine which is easy to drink and a pleasure to share.
Primal Roots is a subsidiary of Constellation Wines, one of the giants of the wine industry. With this brand, the emphasis from the company is on a pleasurable wine (sensual is the word Primal Roots uses), and it comes across as a smooth red blend which shares nicely as either a paired wine or a wine to drink in front of the fireplace.
Primal Roots uses a crush followed by a three day cold soak, allowing the skin/grape contact to maximize the depth of the blend. The wine undergoes a malolactic fermentation and oak barrel aging. At the end, the product has a structure which lingers after each sip.
One of the best characteristics of the wine is the price. It is reasonable (about $8.00), and the wine is easy to find. It is worth searching out, particularly if you are an Apothic Red fan.
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