I thought it was about time I did a wine post. After all, my blog is about food, WINE, and traveling…right? I decided to write about one my favorite wines we carry at the store. I featured this as my February Wine of the Month, and it’s called Owl House Red. Owl House comes from Ledgewood Creek, a large (350 acres) vineyard operation located in the Suisun Valley, located on the southeastern border of Napa. While Ledgewood’s main focus is growing grapes for other winemakers, they began to vinify some of their own fruit in 2001. Today they’re best known for their Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Chardonnays – solid wines at very good value prices.
About a year ago, Ledgewood introduced a new wine that featured some of the estate’s Rhone varietals blended with some Cabernet and Merlot. The winery won’t disclose the exact blend it uses for Owl House red, but at the store we are pretty sure it’s mainly Grenache and Syrah plus some Mourvedre and, possibly, Cinsault. All I know is this wine is delicious!
Classic aromas of ripe cherry, licorice and vanilla lead to a soft, juicy, mouthful of ripe fruit, spice, and a bit of earth. It’s a round, plush, wine that’s all too easy to gulp without a thought, but that has enough complexity and depth to stand up to a little attention, too. The tannins are very ripe and light, and an attractive hint of walnut emerges on the finish. This wine is a lot of bang for the buck. It goes for about $8.98 a bottle and drinks like a $30 bottle. It is a great value wine, which is what we all need to be drinking more of these days. This wine is great with burgers, stews, or just on its own with family and friends.