Hickory Hollow "Field Blend Lot - 1” Red Wine NV: $12 Good+

The Hickory Hollow Wine Cellars "Field Blend Lot - 1” Red Wine (Finger Lakes, NY) NV $12 [Good+] is a non-vintage wine, but has been added to the “2016 Blends” category for convenience sake, since it appeared in stores now, along with the 2016s.  This wine is deeply flavored for a low-priced red.  A very peppery mouth feel and an excess of peppery flavors prevent it from hitting the “very good” mark.  This wine requires food, particularly fatty foods that will blunt the wine’s peppery character.

Medium dark ruby in color, the aromas feature warm red and black fruit, pepper, vanilla, roasted nuts and lead pencil.  Medium bodied, with average acidity and light to medium firm tannin, the Hickory Hollow has a very peppery mouth feel.  Balance is OK.  Flavors of ripe red and black berries, cherry, black pepper, vanilla and lead pencil have a light bitter streak.  The finish is too peppery and spicy, leaving behind a red cherry streak, vanilla, and woodsy notes.  March 2018


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