I was recently gifted with three bottles of California wine that while not well known in this marketplace is available through the Total Wines catalog. Spin the Bottle proved to be an interesting name with a kitschy label that clearly doesn’t take itself too seriously while promising some “fun” in the bottle. Admittedly wary in the beginning after trying their Red Wine Blend I was glad to have not looked this gift horse in the mouth.
The 2011 Red Wine Blend provided evidence of its character right from the start in the see through garnet color that was pleasing to the eye, as well as the nose. Lighter in weight than many red wine blends coming from California there was a solid core of black fruit that slowly rose up from the glass. Not a blast of fruitiness, more a settled take your time and enjoy separating the aromas experience. The flavor profile mirrored the nose with a currant and blackberry open that ended with a little chocolate and pepper set into a woody note, not oak aging wood but kind of like chewing on a twig around the campfire. That trait was both unexpected and rather pleasant when combined with soft tannins the whole package made for a very drinkable wine.
I would suggest decanting or letting the wine “air out” in your glass after opening, the initial pour showed a strong open and a nice finish, but a very weak mid palate. Later pours were an improvement, I actually liked this better a day after opening, however, this is not a wine that moves smoothly from start to finish in the mouth.
Priced around the $9 mark online at Total Wine & More I found this wine easy to drink on its own as a complement to a meal, think burgers or steak. Much more impressed after letting it sit and develop a little than in the initial tasting I can suggest you give it a try. In the end the character of this wine stays true to the name and the label so “Spin the Bottle” and have some fun. Next up Spin the Bottle Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.