Inspire Moore “Wisdom” Red Wine 2015: $17.50 Good+ to Very Good

The Inspire Moore “Wisdom” Red Wine (Finger Lakes, NY) 2015 $17.50 [Good+ to Very Good] is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (32.5%) and Cabernet Franc (67.5%).  It has very good concentration of flavor, but is also very savory, with a plethora of smoky, tarry and peppery notes.  Given the wine’s character, it might be best with a charcoal grilled steak.  In combination with the right food, this wine might merit a somewhat higher quality rating.

Medium bright garnet in color, the aromas are full of savory scents — peppery spice,, smoke, charcoal, and tar — which take precedence over the underlying black currant and red berry fruit.  Full bodied, with medium coarse gritty tannin, balance is good.  The flavors are very savory, with lots of charcoal, tar, bitter green stems and peppery spice.  But the wine’s cassis and red berry fruit is nearly a match for its savory elements.  The finish is moderately bitter, gritty, and peppery, with good length.  Waxy vanilla notes linger.  April 2018


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