Thursday, August 2, 2012

Charles Creek 2006 Muy Bonito Red Blend, Napa Valley

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Charles Creek

The Charles Creek Muy Bonito is a tasty Syrah blend from Napa Valley. It’s a “very beautiful” mixture of 73% Syrah and 18% Grenache with lesser amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Cabernet Franc.

We sampled this at a friend’s house and the tasting that night included some big Cabs and bold Syrahs. The 2006 Muy Bonito, by comparison, was a relaxed, rich easy drinking wine.

The flavor is a bowl of ripe red berries.There is a whiffle of toasted oak over bright cherry and a faint trace of pepper.

This is a people pleasing wine – a Rhone blend with a California twist. It’s Napa goodness from a great vintage with a very reasonable price. This wine retails for $24, but can be found on sale for much less.

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