Cupcake Red Velvet 2009 Red Wine, $8,99-$10.99, 88 points, is another surprisingly "good" off-dry red wine (a bit on the sweet side); not complex, not a blow-you-away red wine, but a delicious accomplishment in "homogenizing" grapes (blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah) into something almost everyone will drink and not complain about; is it a bit thin, yup! But it tastes good! Like almost every Cupcake wine I've tasted, the Red Velvet (I wouldn't go that far) is a fair and inexpensive wine; you will get what you pay for, and in this case a little more. There will be those who may call this a "two-buck-chuck" wine, but I would say they're wrong, and there are those who wouldn't even stoop-so-low as to taste this wine, but I'm not one of them.
The Red velvet has a crystal-clear ruby color.
The aroma is cooking spice and blackberry.
A light to medium body carries fair acidity, light-plus tannin, and flavors of blackberry and boysenberry.
The finish is surprising long on spice.
At 13.5%, the alcohol is well balanced.
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