Every year for Christmas or someone’s birthday, if I know they like wine, I try and get them some wine that I think will both surprise them and challenge their palate. I like to get them something that you couldn’t just pick up at the grocery store and many times I like to support the Virginia wine industry. I am always surprised about how many Virginians have never had Virginia wine. What do you give a wine lover?
The non-vintage Malm Cellars Cross Blend 10th Anniversary is neither a gift nor a Virginia wine, but I just wanted to go on that small rant. This wine is from California and seems odd to me that you would have a non-vintaged special anniversary wine. “Anni” meaning yearly? But okay, moving forward.
This wine comes from Underground Cellar and was part of a $28 deal and this bottle is worth $40 so a pretty sizable upgrade. Malm Cellar’s website doesn’t work, you might remember from a previous post, but here is what Underground Cellar had to say about it:
Only 160 Cases Produced. Equal Parts Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, And Merlot. This Is The 10th Anniversary Vintage Produced By Malm Cellars, The First Vintage Many Years Ago Took Gold At The Orange County Fair Wine Competition. This Is The Wine That Started It All For Malm Cellars.
Savory Aromas Of Ripe Red Fruit And Loads Of Spices Greet The Nose. A Symphony Of Sweet Fruit Flavors Dance On The Palate With Raspberry And Black Cherry Giving Way To Vanilla And Mocha On The Finish. Very Complex And Food Friendly.
Sounds good? How was it?
Color – Very dark red with ruby corners.
Nose – Black cherry and/or currant with plum.
Taste – Jammy plum with black currant and a little bit of oak and vanilla.
Finish – Long and full with high acid and bold tannins.
Overall, this was not a very good wine. It was full-bodied but a little too jammy for my liking. The acid was way to high and the high alcohol (14.7%) was very prevalent in the feel of the wine. This wine was drinkable but not enjoyable. Very disappointed. I do not think it is going to win any medals any time soon.