Friday, May 13, 2011

Spann Vineyards Betsy’s Backacher Mayacamas Range

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California winemaker Betsy Spann must have hurt her back bringing down the grapes for this wine from her vineyards at 1,700 feet of elevation in the Mayacamas Mountains in Sonoma. Despite the sore back, the wine is designed to be a funhouse wine that pairs comfortably with pizza or barbeque.

It is a blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Merlot, and Zinfandel. This is a non-vintage California North Coast red blend and the grape mixture must change from year to year.

We grabbed this in the clearance aisle at Anderson's for $8. It typically retails for about $17.

We’re fans of Meritage and other red blends, but this came across as unremarkable, lacking the lushness you might expect from such an eclectic round-up of grapes. We’ll chalk this up as an acceptable everyday wine since when I went to grab another glass, Green Dragon had already finished the bottle. 
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