Spent a very lazy Sunday watching the NFL Conference Championship games and sipping on a very nice California red blend. I chose a CA wine because I was rooting for the San Francisco Forty Niners. That worked out nicely because the closest I came to having a wine while rooting for any of the other teams was one from the Republic of Georgia. My wine was a Ghost Pines Red Blend 2009 ($16)
In 1964 Louis P. Martini, son of Napa pioneer and icon Louis M. Martini,
purchased 178 acres of land in the eastern hills of the Napa Valley. The Martini family
developed this land into a vineyard and named it Ghost Pines as a tribute
to the native grey pines, which at dusk, appear to hover, solitary
and ghostlike throughout the coastal valleys.
The blend is 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Petite Sirah, 22% Zinfandel, 10% Merlot, 6% Syrah and the grapes come from several wine growing counties. 46% Napa County, 36% Sonoma County and 18% San Joaquin County.
Color was a dark ruby red with aromas of blackberry, some spice with a little leather and hints of pipe tobacco, almost like the bowl of a well used Briar pipe.
Real nice flavors of blackberry, blueberry, anise and cinnamon filled the mouth. Finish was very long with dark berries and some spice and black pepper.
I poured my first glass upon opening the bottle. That first glass was peppery with a little spice and a kind of vinyl aroma. I waited about 90 minutes before pouring a second glass and found the aromas and flavors to be more pleasing. I would recommend that you open at least an hour or so, before serving. I finished the wine with a roast beef dinner. Great wine with the beef. Pleasant wine, nice value, highly recommended.