Are you ready to venture into the darker side of wine? If that is a yes, then I have a treat for you. Today I am reviewing two great red wines from Gnarly Head Wines. If you have been a fan of my blog for a while you have seen me review these wines around Halloween time. That is because the wines remind me of all things October.
Gnarly Head wines began with a vision and a vine. In 2004, on a mission to make a serious Zinfandel, their winemakers journeyed to Lodi in central California in search of the famed old vine Zinfandel vineyards. Grown in the head-trained, spur-pruned method for over a century, these vigorous gnarled vines produced more ripened red fruit than they had ever seen. They took it as a challenge to create the biggest, boldest Zinfandel they had ever made. The result was authentic, structured wines with a hint of something unexpected. Something Gnarly.
But Zinfandel is not the only grape that can be Gnarly. Their winemakers select grapes from some of the best vineyards in Northern California to produce wines in the Gnarly house style–big and juicy. These wines are the perfect complement to life’s bold moments.
NOW ONTO THE WINE
First on the list is for all red wine lovers who love a good blend. You can never go wrong with this type of wine since it’s a blend of a few different wines…GNARLY HEAD 1924 Double Black Blend When my husband and I cracked open this wine for our movie night my husband fell in love with the strong flavor profile.His words were “THIS IS A MAN’S RED WINE” I must take his word for it. The flavors are blackberry preserves, cocoa, raspberry and caramel with a hint of oak. Food I would pair with this wine would be charbroiled bacon cheeseburgers, spicy sausage gumbo.
Second on the list must be my favorite mainly because I’m a girl who loves a good Gnarly Head 1924 Double Black Cabernet Sauvignon. I enjoyed this wine the other night when I had a big night of writing to do. Here is a little kept secret of mine. Whenever I am writing a suspenseful or dark chapter in my novel, I always pour myself a glass of red wine. Since my husband loves the blend, this Cabernet was mine. It paired perfectly with the dark scene I was writing. The flavors of this wine are cherry, cocoa, and raspberry with a hint of tobacco. Food I would pair with this wine would be baby back ribs slathered in BBQ sauce.
SO ARE YOU READY FOR THE DARK SIDE OF WINE?