Bear Flag Red Blend #1
- WHO: Bear Flag Wines
- WHAT: Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Alicante Bouschet, Merlot, Tempranillo [Percentages Unknown]
- WHEN: Our money is on 2009
- WHERE: Modesto, really?
- HOW: Beth and Hillary Cutler took their favorite grapes and left them to multiply like fuzzy dice in a car.
We’ve found a rockin’ yet elusive wine in Red Wine Blend #1. We don’t want to make any assumptions, but is the name an homage to the Bear Flag flown over the great state of California? If so, if the Republic of Hipster ever secedes (an area including Silverlake, Los Feliz and much of Eagle Rock), we propose they adopt this label, designed by Eduardo Bertone, as their new state flag.Much like California, Bear Flag Red Wine Blend #1 is über-liberal in nose and taste. Bright notes of tomato vine, Mexicali spice and all the taco-truck fixins a hipster could ask for make for an almost edible bouquet. At first sip, this wine immediately produces high fives. The blend is sweet like the flesh of a date but expresses the fruitiness of a fig.Once it opens, everything you like about Thanksgiving dinner is apparent on the palate; including (but not limited to) cranberry sauce with shaved almonds and mandarin oranges. The tannins are smooth like a red rubber ball aiding in a pleasant mouth-feel
The Wrap: Admittedly, we are addicted to this wine. An empty bottle of Red Wine Blend #1 almost always brightens our recycling bins. Between the colorful label and the bright orange screw-cap with its barcode wrapped around the neck, this bottle is impossible to miss on any shelf. At every sighting, we yell “MANBEARFLAG” in joy & excitement. (Bonus points to those who get the South Park reference.) Considering the depth of flavors exhibited, it is shocking that Bear Flag Red Wine Blend #1 can usually be found for less than $10. Hurry up and get it before we drink it all!
Wine Website: http://www.bearflagwine.com
Artist’s Website: http://www.bertoneeduardo.com
South Park Episode: http://stansdad.com/season10/episode6/