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Wine of the Week: 2009 Thorny Rose Red Blend, a cherry delight

We haven't visited the wines of Washington's Columbia Valley for a while, so it's high time we mended our ways. This week's wine, the 2009 Thorny Rose Red Blend, is a fine New World variation on the classic Bordeaux blend, with cabernet sauvignon and merlot dominant and abetted by smidges of syrah and malbec. Expect to pay about $10 at big box stores.

This accessible, juicy red is a fiesta of cherries, from its very cherry nose (with fringe notes of other dark fruits), through a burst of dark chocolate cherry (followed by those same dark fruit notes) on the tongue, to a medium-long aromatic finish invoking cherry-inflected mocha. Overall, this red is velvety and earthy, its tannins giving it a very agreeable edge. Despite all the cherry, the wine is not at all sweet and makes a good food companion.

Try it with grilled portobello mushroom burgers, white pizza with fontina and wild mushrooms, or a lasagna with as many compatible mushrooms as your supermarket can muster.

By Colette and John Bancroft. She is the Times' book editor, and he is a freelance writer specializing in food, wine and travel.

Wine of the Week: 2009 Thorny Rose Red Blend, a cherry delight 04/02/13 [Last modified: Monday, April 1, 2013 2:00pm]
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