If there were ever a red blend name I could get behind, it’s Mix Tape. I’ve made thousands, and not just tapes, but CDs too. I have friends who remind me that I owe them one, at least seasonally. Although, this isn’t what this post is about.
We received our latest wine club shipment from Eleven Winery (Andrew Murray Vineyards) this week, and last night, opened the 2015 blend. If you read the tasting notes below, I agree that this blend is rich, although I probably should’ve decanted it. I agree that there was a tone of spice, and along with the vanilla and mocha, I got a lot of red fruit on the palate. (I don’t know why this image came over sideways, but I kinda like it. hahaha).
All in all, I really liked this wine, and with a half bottle left, can’t wait to see how it opened up overnight.
Notes from the winemaker:
The 2015 was amazing vintage for nearly all of our blocks, but there was a single block of our Cabernet Sauvignon that really struggled from the drought and from some spring frosts. Yields were way down, and we did not have enough to bottle a Cabernet this year. We have always been planning on debuting a decadently rich red blend, thus Mix Tape was born. I grew up making Mix Tapes for road trips, for friends, for sad reasons, for happy reasons. They were fun to dream up and often a challenge to mix correctly. They are a lot like perfecting a wine blend. The 2015 Mix Tape is a blend of 51% Petit Verdot, 31% Cabernet Franc, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 7% Petite Sirah. We aged this blend in a higher percentage of new French Oak to coax out the toasty vanilla and mocha notes that balance the blue and red fruits as well the savory, spicy flavors. We allowed this wine an extra nine months in bottle before release to make sure that this Mix Tape was ready for prime time.