Wine(s) of the Week – Two reds for Spring/Summer

IDLEWRIGHT OPULENT RED 2013

A red blend from Idlewright in Napa Valley, CA is a moderately priced rich red with notes of black cherry fruit, oak,cocoa and spices, nicely balanced, earthy and with hints of smokiness. Moderately priced (low teens), it also has hints of cranberry, minerality and a long finish. The wine is 14.5 percent ABV and has received 94 points and a platinum medal and has a suggested retail price of $24.98.

FAT bastard  PINOT NOIR 2016

From the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France comes this enjoyable red with fruity notes of strawberry and wild raspberry from the foothills of the Massif Central  near Pézenas and Narbonne. It is a deep cherry red  with light tannins and a smooth, lengthy finish made of 100 percent Pinot Noir and comes from Thierry Boudinaud who,  partnered with Guy Anderson, a British colleague to offer this wine they describe as “generous and elegant with a fruity finish.”

Imported by Winebow Inc. in New York, the wine has a smooth long finish and is 12.5 percent ABV.

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