Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Oak Ridge Winery 2012 OZV Red Blend Rocks Out

OZV 2012 Red BlendA wine blend can be more than the sum of its parts. That’s the case with this California red from Oak Ridge Winery’s OZV label.

Much More Than Zin

Oak Ridge is the oldest winery in the epicenter of great Zinfandel, Lodi, California. Oak Ridge’s Zinfandel vines, some more than 100 years old, offer a glimpse into the region’s past.

We are Zinfanatics, if there is such a thing. Zinfandel is rich, robust and uniquely American. The Old Vines variety is particularly enjoyable.

This OZV Red Blend highlights Zin, but brings Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Merlot to the party as well. The appellation is California meaning that while the Zin is no doubt from Lodi, at least some of the other grapes are from different regions.

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String Cheese at Fillmore DetroitFull Tilt Flavors That Rock

We enjoyed this wine a few nights after traveling to the Fillmore Theater in Detroit for a String Cheese Incident concert. My brother is in the band and the show rocked the Motor City to its foundation.

As we prepared to sip, the aroma was pervasive – a bold mash-up of berries. The Green Dragon proclaimed that the bouquet was something special and the sniffing soon gave way to enjoying the deep, dark wine.

When we were at the concert, the elegance of the venue, vibrancy of the light show and the jammin’ music of the band created an unforgettable experience. The OZV also has a great harmony, with the boldness of the Zin and Petite Sirah pairing with the mellow Merlot. The Cabernet plays keyboard!

This is a rich, jammy blend. Green Dragon described it as flavors of blueberry crumble – which sounds like a pretty tasty dessert. The tannins are soft. This is surround-sound experience of wine with full, complex flavors that crescendo to a long finish.

At $14 SRP this is much cheaper than a concert ticket (unless you know someone in the band!). But it too will provide a great performance.

Full disclosure: We received this wine as a marketing sample.

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