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The hunt for Red October

The hunt for Red October….red wine, that is. In search of some new big bold reds, that is my motto this month. You know the ones I am talking about, the ones that stand up to rich foods. Tonight we grilled T-bone steaks before the rain moved in and I said, although it is Monday and I normally might skip wine during the work week, I really wanted a nice red with my steak. I guess it because we rarely eat red meat so when I do have a nice steak, I want a nice red wine to accompany it. This month has brought us some outstanding reds such as a 2004 PreVail West Face Red. A very bold yet smooth red that we recently tried for the first time. PreVail is a Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah blend grown on the West facing slopes of PreVail vineyards. PreVail’s motto is to produce “wines that PreVail.” We also had a 2005 Scout’s Honor by Venge, a tasty blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Charbono. The Scout’s Honor was part of a case reorder from Venge that we recently purchased as we had finished our shipment from our trip in May. Part of the hunt was also a Pozzan 2006 Napa Valley Back Barn Zinfandel, Oakville Cuvee. This single vineyard Zinfandel is produced from a premium Oakville vineyard adjacent to the Pozzan family house in Napa. Pozzan makes several varieties which I had previously tasted, but this is the first time trying the Zinfandel. It is a easy to drink wine with the perfect combination of Zinfandel flavors, black pepper and ripe fruit. Not sure I have a clear winner and maybe I won’t as I continue the hunt for red October, but I do know I am drinking some outstanding wines in the process!

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