Wine of the Week: 19 Crimes Red Blend 2012

2013-08-23T00:05:00Z Wine of the Week: 19 Crimes Red Blend 2012By Chris and Sherry Hardie | Lee Newspapers Winona Daily News

The rogue’s gallery pictured on the labels of this red blend feature some of the criminals sentenced to live in Australia rather than face death after being convicted of at least one of 19 crimes.

But the wine inside passes legal muster. It is the first blend of shiraz and durif that we’ve sampled. Shiraz is the national red grape of Australia, and durif is actually a different name for petite sirah.

Get ready for purple teeth, because this wine is inky dark. It pours full and round, with multiple layers of berry flavors. It is sweet, yet has enough tannins and structure to balance the mouthfeel.

Sherry: “Sweet with a bold mouthfeel of jammy strawberry and raspberry.” 3 stars

Chris: “Sweet flavors of raspberry and black berry with a slight vanilla finish.” 3 stars

Available locally from $10 to $13.

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