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Screen shot 2014-03-13 at 8.25.02 PMIf you walk through the grocery store wine shopping, you know that the selection is tough. Noble Vines have been going into grocery stores across America with their unique labels that have mostly numbers on them. When first getting into wines, I have tried their 337 Cab and 667 Pinot Noir but I had never had their 2011 California 1 Red Blend.

The numbers are based upon the vine clones and the number 1 is blend of some of those clones. This wine includes their 181 Merlot which is from the French Pomerol region as well as the 337 Cabernet Sauvignon also from Bordeaux. It also has a third clone of red Zinfandel.

According to their website:

“Noble Vines 1 is a medium-bodied wine with balanced acidity and supple tannins. On the nose, rich aromas of blackberry and black cherry with hints of spice. These dark fruit flavors continue through beautifully to the palate ending with a touch of pepper. Merlot leads the way in this fruit-forward wine followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. The addition of Zinfandel adds a touch of softness to the final blend – softening the shoulders of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.”

So let’s put it to the test.

Color – Very dark with a hint of purple on the edges.

Nose – Very dark fruit forward. I can’t agree more with the blackberry description.

Taste – It is almost a dry blackberry wine. Okay, it is not that bad but it is definitely a basic fruit forward wine without much depth.

Finish – Medium with a little bit of oak on the end.

Overall, this is a very everyday fruit forward wine with not much depth. If you have no choices in your local grocery store, it probably is your best bet. But either my palate has matured or this blend is not as good as their single varietals. I would not purchase again.

Rating: C+

~Justin