2016 Toils & Tears Red Wine
The Toll & Tears Red is the very definition of a “winemaker’s blend” — in this case, a carefully curated mix of five varietals, sourced from premium vineyards all over California and selected by the vintner to be complementary and complex. The wine exudes rich, ripe and jammy fruit — including cherry and plum — kissed with baking spice and cocoa.
Country: United States
Varietal: Red Blend
About This Wine:
California provided the palette for the palate, and the winemaker took full advantage of the multiple grape varieties and sub-regions to craft a truly sublime cuvee.
This is known as a “proprietary blend” because not only is the precise percentage of grapes not revealed, but the grapes themselves are kept a closely held secret. An educated guess would be that there’s a good amount of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon involved — but it’s still a guess.
Serious and yet elegant, this wine opens with aromatic notes of ripe plum and blackberry. The tannin has a graceful presence that is supported by an alluring dark chocolate flavor and just a hint of earth. It truly is a delectable snapshot of California.