Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Chickadee Arbor Crest Wine Cellars 2010 Premium Red Wine

Chickadee Arbor Crest Wine Cellars 2010 Premium Red Wine, $11.70-$16.50, 90 points, begins a very dark ruby red color and a remarkably broad clear rim termination.
Aromatic, having a hint of mocha, red fruit, and sweet cooking spice (very nice, just to irk the purist writers out there).
The medium body has good acidity and easy to take moderate tannin.
Flavors of flowers and red fruit are lush and remarkably good for a wine costing less than $12, or even $20 for that matter, but rarely do I taste cedar in a red wine, but if cedar has a flavor, it can be found here, along with flavors that follow the nose.
Finishes long and smartly with a cedar-spice and a hint of menthol.
Chickadee red wine has an interesting list of varietals, beginning with 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 14% Sangiovese, 14% Malbec, and a hint of 4% Riesling!
How clever of Arbor Crest to know that Chickadees are in my top 5 birds I just adore! Yes, I bought this wine because of the label; guilty as charged, but definitely not disappointed, and either will you be!


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  1. This wine sounds great, and at a great price. 4% Riesling, unusual.
    I would have bought it for the label I type a chickadee is removing fur from a dog brush on the deck-rail...spring has sprung!

    1. Vinogirl, the birds love dog fur-for their nests!
      If you get a chance to try this wine, will you give me some feed-back on the non-typical "cedar" descriptor as a flavor?

  2. Once again, I forgot to inform NH wine shoppers that I bought this at the Londonderry Hannaford's super market.

  3. Very interesting--don't recall ever seeing Riesling in a blend like this. Gotta love experimentation!