“Our goal in crafting this wine is to offer a one-of-a-kind red blend for luxury wine drinkers with a taste for adventure,” said business partners Mike Stroh and Adam Mettler. “The name refers to “merciful blow of death given to end one’s suffering. This is a wine with no boundaries and no set direction except for the thought of making a wine that stands alone.”
Coup De Grace ($28) was vented and bottled by Freelance Wines, Ukiah, Calif. from some of the highest quality vineyards in the Lodi AVA.
This excellent wine is a blend of 56 percent Old Vine zinfandel, 21 percent petite sirah, 16 percent petit verdot and 7 percent cabernet franc.
Deep purple in the glass, bright red cherry, fig and licorice are prominent aromas. Rich and full of character, this blend is popping with flavors of blackberry, dark plum, spice and earth tones. Soft, oak flavors linger on the palate.
Stroh and Mettler agreed on the blend’s future plans.
“With summer on the horizon, we’ll have plenty of this wine on hand to pair with just about everything we cook on the grill – from juicy steak to spicy lamb burgers.”