Filed under: Wine & Food | Tags: blend, breathe, Cabernet Sauvignon, cherry, Corvidae, finish, Merlot, nose, plum, red wine, Rook, Syrah, tannins, WA state, Washington, wine
Rook is a red wine blend from Washington state consisting of 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 57% Merlot, 26% Syrah. each of these grapes adds some of its own character to this tasty blend. now, i’m not a sommelier or wine connoisseur, nor will i pretend to be, so i won’t throw out a lot of the wine tasting jargon, but will instead speak/write simply.
i purchased this wine several weeks ago from whole foods for around $12. i just got around to opening it on Tuesday night (1/5).
when opening a wine, i usually like to pour a sip into my glass to swirl and drink right away, just to get an idea of what lies ahead of me. but i also do this to refine my palate; tasting the usually harsh first pour and comparing/contrasting it with the second pour, which i usually taste after about 20-30 minutes.
First Day: Scotty and i both felt that straight out of the bottle, the Rook was heavy and sweet with dark fruit with a rather harsh acidic finish. after about 30 minutes, the second pour was strikingly more mellow. more character was exposed as the sweetness gave way to some nice spice and the finish revealed medium tannins and mild oak.
Second Day: poured the last two glasses a couple of hours ago. the wine had mellowed even more. the sweetness was dulled a bit more and i felt as though i was able to discern more specific notes of cherry and dark plum, giving way to some mellowed spice and dark chocolaty bitterness. the oak held fast in the finish.
Overall: i found the Rook to be enjoyable. an easy drinking wine that is pretty typical as far as WA state blends go. would definitely go for another bottle … perhaps with some food next time. giving it time to breathe was the best way to go. enjoy it on the second day.
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