Wine of the Week: Ledson Legend Red

Vintage: 2006

Region: Sonoma Valley

Style: Blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon

Country: USA

Winery: Ledson

Tasting Notes: Spicy and bold, with a blend of jammy merlot and rich cabernet grapes, this drinks like a Bordeaux and looks like a Pinot.

Rating: 🍷🍷🍷🍷

Thoughts: Several years ago, on a birthday trip to Napa and Sonoma, we saw a cool château off the Sonoma Valley main highway. Thinking perhaps we could snag a last minute tasting, we stopped in, and it was the best decision we’ve made in a long time. You’re going to see a few wines from Ledson on The Wine Vixen, because we joined their wine club that day. I’m always impressed by the quality of their wines. If you’re interested in a club, this is the best one out there. They welcomed us with open arms, have customized cases for us, are always open and willing to see us if we want to stop by, and make DAMN. GOOD. WINE.

Pairings: Steak, steak, steak.

My Vivino

Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Red Blend 2013

by Amy

When it comes to birthdays, it seems like when it rains, it pours. 

In my life, I've got two birthday seasons I've noticed: March – May and  October – November. Which, if you think nine months backward, makes sense.

And since we've just entered March, it's Birthday Season #1 around these parts. And you know what that means? 

I'm on a quest to find wines that pair excellently with cake!

I know, I know—it is a hard life I lead.

First up in Birthday Season is Boyfriend, the resident dark-chocoholic and red wine addict. Thing is, Boyfriend isn't a fan of sweet, cloying wines, so I knew we couldn't go the way of dessert wine. 

A great solution: this Coppola Red Blend, which paired excellently with the dark chocolate cake we served.

A medium-bodied, fruit-forward wine, the Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Red Blend 2013 contains Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot—and you can taste the complexity of flavors at work. Fairly plummy, with notes of cherry and blackberry, it was a lovely wine to serve with dessert—without making everything over-the-top sweet.

You can grab a bottle here for $18.99 (though my local wine merchant sold it for $16.99).


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