The Charles & Charles Red is another offering from Charles Smith and Charles Bieler of Washington State. Both Glenn and I enjoyed their rosé last summer – fantastic price for the perfect summer staple. Their red wine, however, did not wow me. My initial thought was that this blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 49% Syrah had more style than substance. While this is a rather light-weight blend of two varietals that are more often than not heavy hitters, I appreciated the restraint as I dipped into my second glass (what can I say it started to grow on me!) and didn’t feel weighed down by big tannins and high alcohol.
The Charles & Charles is deep garnet and purple in the glass. The nose is a bit green with notes of branch and leaf, light blueberry, some cassis, chocolate, and hints of perfume. The vegetal characteristics and blueberry carried into the palate. Light body that is slightly watery, medium minus acidity, low tannins. Short finish. An ok, easy-going wine that would be good for a crowd.
At The Meat House in Coolidge Corner for $11.99.