Thorny Rose Wines, Columbia Valley
Washington USA, 2009
$5.99 for 750 ml (on sale), 13.5% Alc.
I discovered this wine on a sale rack at the local drugstore, discounted from the original $11.99 price. A deal like that is hard to pass up!
And when I poured a glass of Thorny Rose Red Blend, I was glad I took a chance on it. Everything about this wine is appealing. The color is rich, much like a Cabernet or Merlot, and the aroma confirms a likely blend of the aforementioned two. The taste is lovely, with the rich, round, silkiness that Merlot offers and just the right amount of grip from a Cabernet Sauvignon. Although I think the Thorny Rose Red Blend description on its website is rather overboard (Sassafras? Really?) I do appreciate the fun attitude and unpretentious marketing. This wine definitely has enough depth to enjoy entirely on its own, but it would also provide a great accompaniment to dinner. And best of all, your guests will think you’ve uncorked (well, in this case, unscrewed) something special!
Wine’s Website: www.thornyrosewines.com