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Cinnabar 2012 Mercury Rising

Cinnabar 2012 Mercury Rising

Price: $22

Rating: 14/20

Region: California

Varietals: 54 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 18 percent Merlot, 13 percent Cabernet Franc, 7 percent Petit Verdot, 5 percent Petite Sirah & 3 percent Malbec

Production: 3,000 cases

Alcohol: 13.9 percent

Tasting Notes: Tom Mudd (1942-2007), a research engineer at Stanford University, founded Cinnabar Winery in 1981. Production initially focused on estate wines from his Santa Cruz Mountains property, but has gradually shifted to fruit sourced from all over California. The winery’s name is a nod to Mudd’s fascination with alchemy, as is the medallion that adorns the labels. At Cinnabar’s tasting room in historic Saratoga, visitors can sample a variety of small-production wines, including single vineyard Tempranillo, Mourvèdre and Pinot Noir. The 2012 Mercury Rising is a nicely-balanced, fruit-forward red blend. Medium- to full-bodied in the mouth, it features bright red fruit flavors with a touch of candied spice, supple tannins and a satisfying finish.

Food Pairings: Lamb burgers, chipotle chicken, teriyaki beef, roasted peppers

For more information, visit Cinnabar Winery’s official website

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1 Comment »

  1. I work at an American Bistro and Wine Bar in downtown Bethesda, Md. We carry Cinnabar’s Mercury Rising and it’s a huge seller. My guests love when I recommend this wine, it’s big enough to satisfy my Cab drinkers, while being balanced enough to please many different tastes. I hope we’re able to keep getting this wine for along time to come!

    Comment by Tireace — May 23, 2014 @ 1:01 am

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