This wine is produced by online retailer Lot 18. I got it in an indirect way. Tasting team member Dr. J had found himself in an “overpurchased” situation. This occurs when you have bought so much wine within a short period of time that it causes your spouse complain, often repeatedly.
Anxious to help him out, I purchased some of his surplus goods, including this bottle of Mythmaker. Mythmaker is one of the house brands of Lot 18. I assume that they find wineries with surplus grapes or wine, buy them and market them under one of their private labels.
There is an opportunity to score wine from well known wineries on the cheap under this scenario. The downside is, there is precious little information about the wine. The grapes and the blend for the 2011 Mythmaker are undisclosed.
The good news is this is a really interesting wine. It appears to be a blend of Cabernet, Merlot and perhaps Cab Franc and a dash of Zinfandel. I was surprised that this wine had some Old World funkiness. It is light bodied, but has a briny, herbal quality that calls out for olives or flame-roasted meat. I imagine it would go quite well with wild boar, although I’ve never had any.
Mythmaker 2011 has more character than expected in a mystery bottle of California red. For $15, it is priced about right.
Rating: 2.5 of 5 Value: 2.5 of 5