Thorny Rose Red Blend 2011

Thorny Rose from Columbia Valley, Washington has a funky, youthful label and a screw cap. I get a little put off by screw caps, especially in restaurants that mark up as much as 300-400% on wines. But I’ll try to be open-minded and give it a chance. Thorny Rose is a Bordeaux style red blend with 48% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec, and 1% Syrah.
The nose is bursting with black cherry. The palate has a full-bodied mouth feel and bold, juicy strawberry and plum are prevalent. Merlot in the blend delivers an earthy quality. A morsel of vanilla is expressed in the mid-palate. The absence of tannins is noted. The medium-length finish is marginally tainted by a sour taste like under-ripe fruit.
Even though we occasionally enjoy a bold fruit bomb, I felt that Thorny Rose was a bit unbalanced and its finish left us on a low note. Costs about $10.

Published by J Reilly

I've been writing the Boozy Lifestyle blog since 2014 and recently expanded upon it to create my new book, Boozy Lifestyle: Elevate The Everyday With Booze As Your Muse. The book is a collection of stories celebrating and inspiring everyday life with entertaining tales of wine, food, booze, travel, and family, and including over 50 food and drink recipes. Visit me on Twitter at J Reilly@Boozy_Lifestyle or

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