Monday, January 9, 2012

Blue Rock 2009 Baby Blue Red Blend, Alexander Valley

December 11 Vino 011

Blue Rock is an estate winery in Alexander Valley, Sonoma. They make only small quantities of affordable luxury reds.

They produce mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with a small amount of Syrah. There are three levels in their portfolio, the flagship Blue Rock Cabernet, Best Barrels and then the Baby Blue which is their most accessible and affordable.

The 2009 Baby Blue has a blend that has more Merlot than Cab: 39% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc and 9% Syrah. This is a glorious mix that teases the senses with a softness that is inviting.

I first discovered Baby Blue at Todd English’s Blue Zoo restaurant in Orlando during a board dinner. It provided a fantastic accompaniment to the upscale cuisine and immediately made my list of “go to” wines.

Most recently we opened the 2009 before heading out to Fat Fish Blue to ring in the new year with the band My 80s Vice. The wine has a wonderful floral bouquet. On the palate it is a rush of black berries and currant with accents of spice. It is a complete wine, with on target nose, flavor notes and round finish.

Highly recommended at about $25. Rated 4 of 5.

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