David O’Reilly (Owen Roe) is the winemaker, and his Outlook Vineyard provided the grapes. O’Reilly makes a large number of interesting blends under his own labels; this new offering is from the Local Wine Company. It’s smooth and supple, loaded with blueberry and pretty plum and cassis flavors.
Off-dry (about 3% residual sugar) and fruity, this is a solid, slightly spritzy wine with simple New World character. Sweet peaches and apricots flesh it out, with a bit of honey in the finish.
Mostly Merlot, with Syrah and Cab Franc filling in the rest, this pleasant, everyday red has forward, clean, but simple fruit flavors. It adds light streaks of vanilla, cut leaf, and a suggestion of moist earth. A good companion for a simple burger.