What We’re Drinking – VGS “The Illegitimate” Red Blend

The nose is redolent with blackberry, black currant, plum, and baking spices. Spices take the lead on the palate, with cinnamon, pepper, and nutmeg, followed by black currant and plum. A bit of meaty smokiness from the Syrah comes out on the mid-palate. Tannins are muscular. The four different grapes work together, instead of fighting with each other, to create a robust but still food-friendly wine. Drink with smoked beef ribs. Recommended. 88 points. DBH

WHAT: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel
WHEN: 2014
DESIGNATION: The Illegitimate
WHERE: California
HOW MUCH:$18 (media sample)