It’s here. Announcing the long-awaited release of Redwing Blackbird, our Chambourcin-Norton blend that so many of you helped us test this summer.
It’s an easy drinking wine reminiscent of the flavor profile of our now famous “Drop Dead Red” Barbera – not really sweet with but with enough residual sugar that we can’t call it “dry”. It’s a hit with those people that like a softer, more subtle flavor, but who aren’t ready to go to sweet.
We stumbled into this blend at a pouring we did for the St. Charles Humane Society fund-raiser last Spring. Our Chambourcin was a bit dry for some of your taste buds, and the Rosso Dolce’ was too sweet. So, we started blending a little in the glass. It didn’t take long to settle on a simple blend of 2/3 Chambourcin and 1/3 Rosso Dolce’.
Ken DeNeal has been trying it out in our Tasting room on anyone that was interested this summer and fall, and the 2/3 – 1/3 proportions seemed about right. So we went to work in the winery to formulate a commercially viable quantity of the blend.
It’s made from a three-year old wines resulting a smooth, almost leathery taste that goes down easy. Its great with red meats, pastas and particularly pizza and spicy dishes like chili or Mexican.
Our label designer, Mary Sengl did herself proud with the first Yellow Farmhouse label that has the yellow oval, but with a Redwing Blackbird in the middle instead of the familiar Yellow Farmhouse.
Wine Club members will be the first to get the new wine. We’ll include it in the January, February and March Wine club distributions. The we’ll release it to the general public in time for our Spring re-opening in April. You can buy it off our web site. Price: $18 per bottle.