Fall Line Winery, Artz Vineyard Red Blend, 2007

I have taken some flack from my friends south of the border for the lack of US wine reviews on the Wine Hobbyist. So, to save cross-border relations, here goes it.

For most of us outside of the US, you would never look to Seattle Washington and call it a wine region, but after tasting this Artz Vineyard Blend, you’ll see that it’s every bit worth its due.

This red, I will warn you, will need at least 1.5 to 2 hours to breath, in the very least, as it is only then that you get the true smoothness of the complex flavours within. The colour is a deep ruby-red, showing strength not only in the varietal blends mix (Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon), but also in colour. When tasting the Artz Vineyard Blend you’ll notice some citrus, spice and tobacco from the oak, which when all combined builds for an incredible concoction.

This gem is hard to find, as only limited amounts were produced, but if you do get your hands on a bottle, it is in prime fair for drinking now. If wondering what occasion a wine such as this would be fit for, just think, “do I want to impress these people like ‘impress the boss for a raise’ type of impress”, and if the answer is yes, then this is the wine for you. A really good indulgent buy.

This wine retails at the LCBO for $36.95 and can be found in the vintages section.

Score – 4.5/5