Monday, March 11, 2013

Concannon Conservancy Crimson and Clover 2010

There have been many times I received tasting samples and put them aside for a few weeks or even a few months before opening.  That is not the case when I receive wines from Concannon Vineyard.  Concannon's entire portfolio of wines have never disappointed.  This goes especially with the Glen Ellen and Conservancy group.  This week I received a bottle of Concannon Conservancy Crimson and Clover 2010, a blend consisting of 50% Petite Sirah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah, and 10% Zinfandel.  This wine is a tribute to the "Father of America's First Petite Sirah," Jim Concannon, from his son John. The name Crimson & Clover reflects pride in their Irish heritage; the clover is the traditional Irish symbol for prosperity and crimson pays homage to the strong, bright, deep red color of the blend.

When first opened, I seriously had doubts about this blend.  Aroma's were minty with lots of menthol.  Also a little like cheap plastic or lighter fluid.  Thankfully, that did not last long until aroma's of red cherries, plum and blackberry started coming through with some spice and a hint of leather.  As I waited for Shirley's stuffed peppers to be ready for dinner, the fruit aroma's became more pronounced.  A few tastes before dinner were full of blackberry with some vanilla, strawberry and plum and lots of spice.  After about 90 minutes, dinner was served and the wine took on a little smokey taste, which was very nice. Both Shirley and I were totally surprised by the excellent pairing with the stuffed peppers.  Very silky but a little short on the finish with dinner.  A glass later that evening was a little more spicey than I like, but softened out nicely with a few bites of cheddar cheese and with a few chocolate wafers.

The suggested retail price on the Crimson and Clover is $15, but can be easily found for a few dollars less.  If looking for a picnic or patio wine with juicy burgers or a nicely grilled steak, or serving up some stuffed bell peppers, you cannot go wrong with Concannon Coservancy Crimson and Clover.  Very Highly Recommended

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