Grab a Burger and Relax!

It’s time to slow down and simply enjoy the summer. No better way than with a great burger and bottle of...?

 


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Clifford Brown
Just because you're just having a cookout with around burgers, your wine selection doesn't have to be low end.  You may not want to spend a lot of money on a high end Cabernet, but there are a lot of good, inexpensive alternatives.  Some bacon usually ends up getting grilled and strategically placed on my burger along with a slice of cheddar cheese when we make burgers at home.  I generally like a nice red blend with my burgers.  Since I usually add bacon and cheese to my juicy burger, I like something that can complement all these divergent flavors.
 
 
This is a fairly deep ruby to maroon color.  The pleasant nose has blackberries, dark chocolate, minerals, cherries, baking spices, dried herbs, and earthy underbrush.  This has medium body with soft tannins and good acidity.  Nice, juicy, spicy fruit hits the palate first with some dark chocolate and earthiness coming in on the back end.  This has decent length on the finish which is showing a touch of oak.  This is tasty today, but could use a bit more cellar time to fully open up and help the oak integrate on the finish.  (89 pts)
 
This wine is a “kitchen sink” blend that could contain over 8 different grapes but Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Franc usually makes up a significant percentage of the grapes.  In this vintage, the wine also included Malbec, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Petit Verdot and Carmenere.
 
 
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