There’s much more to California wine than Cabernet and Chardonnay – just ask Don Sebastiani & Sons’ winemaking duo, Rob McNeill and Greg Kitchens. In this rule-breaking red, they set out to showcase part of the bounty of California’s stellar 2013 vintage that so many wine fans may be missing out on. While they sought out some well-known grapes (e.g. Syrah, Merlot and Pinot Noir), they also added in several (very) rare ones like Mourvèdre, Tempranillo and Cabernet Pfeffer (we had to Google that ourselves!). Back in the winery, they lovingly melded the lot together to create a luxurious red that’s far greater than the sum of its parts.
Rich and full of character, Round the Blend is made for a really hearty meal (think barbecued beef ribs, meaty stews, or steaks) – but thanks to its silky texture and inviting flavor profile (ripe bramble and blackberry, with hints of violet and mocha), it’s also great sipped solo. Rob and Greg barrel aged a small portion of the blend, just to give everything an extra layer of toasty complexity.