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Vampire Vineyards 2007 Trueblood
Pinot Noir - Review

Santa Maria Valley, California

Our Selection for Wine of the Week October 24, 2011

A bottle of Vampire Vineyards 2007 Trueblood Pinot Noir, our wine of the week

Vampire Vineyards
2007 Trueblood Pinot Noir

Santa Maria Valley, CA

The staff at Vampire Vineyards tell the story that the winery's founder, entertainment attorney Michael Machat, is really just a front for the company's true owners: a group of Transylvanian vampires. The label's first wine was a Syrah bottled in France. After being discovered by musician Alice Cooper, the wine took off in London wine shops. Eventually, operations were moved to the alleged birthplace of vampires, Transylvania. But the Transylvanian wines found their greatest audience in the United States. So operations were once again moved to Paso Robles to better feed the thirst of the American market. Today, the "vampires" produce Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Syrah, Zinfandel and several Pinot Noirs from California fruit. The 2007 Trueblood Pinot Noir offers aromas of blackberry and black cherry with an underlying gamey note. The black fruit flavors continue on the palate with a touch of sweetness. The gamey note returns on the middle and back of the palate, giving the wine an animal note that would quench any vampire's bloodlust. An entertaining choice for a Halloween party or dinner with Dracula, keep the theme going by serving the wine with bloody steaks, rare rack of lamb or your favorite wild game.

Rating: 13/20

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