Behind the Cork™ - Wine of the Week


2016 Rancho Sisquoc Santa Barbara "Sisquoc River Red" ($10)

Now here's a red blend that recently caught my eye. Not because of any fancy label or special promotion in the store.

According to the Rancho Sisquoc website this is 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 14% Pinot Noir, 10% Syrah, 4% Malbec, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Sangiovese and 2% Petite Verdot.  Now, you might say "Wow" that's quite a number of reds in this blend. And, it is. But, what really caught my eye was the Pinot Noir.

I found it unusual to find 14% Pinot Noir in among all those other big players. Pinot is typically a lighter-bodied red wine and you'd think it would get lost in the mix.

But, this red blend really works.  And, to find it for $10 when the winery website lists it for $22 is an added bonus. So, another Behind the Cork™ - Wine of the Week that's attainable and affordable. I went back for several more bottles. Give it a try. Cheers!