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Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 4.32.11 PMYesterday, we talked about how red blends are awesome. I decided to continue on that train with a California red blend to compare to that Australian red. This brings us to a blend I bought from Underground Cellar, 2010 Ty Caton Ty’s Red. It is a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 18% Syrah, and 2% Petit Sirah. I do not think I have had many wines with both Syrah and Petit Syrah in them, not that it matters because they are not really related, as most people think.

According to Ty Caton’s website, this wine won a Gold Medal in the 2013 San Francisco Wine Competition and this is how they describe it:

This extraordinary red blend is rich and deep in color with savory aromas and dark fruit flavors of blackberries and bing cherries. The soft texture is lush with chewy tannins and finishes with a toasty oak finish with a touch of mocha. Enjoy with your favorite grilled meats.

Varietal :: 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 18% Syrah, 2% Petite Sirah
Farming Practices :: Certified Sustainable
Winemaker :: 
Ty Caton
Appellation ::
 Sonoma Valley
Region :: Estate, Caton Vineyard
Alcohol :: 14.4%
Production :: 1,969 cases
Vintage :: 2010
Release Date :: February 2012

What else do you want to know? How did I like it?

Color – Dark purple with a red hue.

Nose – Black currant, leather, black cherry and a little bit of cinnamon and clove at the end.

Taste – Dark fruit, more black currant and a little bit of Mocha and spice.

Finish –  Medium to long, but smooth. It has low-medium acid and just really balances itself nicely.

Overall, this is a good wine with a steak or even by itself. It is a well balanced blend that is very complex both in the aroma and the taste. According to the website, his 2011 won Double Gold in the same competition. I can not imagine how good that must taste. I highly recommend and am glad I have two bottles of this. I might age the other one for a little while.

Rating: A

~Justin