Wine Review: 2010 Charles & Charles Red Wine Blend

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.

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Katrin is one of the co-founders of Wine Dine With Us. She enjoys sharing her love of wine on the blog, and is particularly fond of wines from Argentine, Alto Adige, and Germany. A lifelong environmentalist, Katrin has become increasingly interested in issues of sustainability in wine and food, local food production, biodynamics, and organic agriculture. When not drinking wine and writing about it, she is a nonprofit professional, specializing in fundraising and special events.

2 Responses to “Wine Review: 2010 Charles & Charles Red Wine Blend”

  1. Christopher Franko
    July 17, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

    i love the charles and charles rose ^_^

    • glenn
      July 17, 2012 at 6:14 pm #

      We do too – but we can’t find it! No one in our area is carrying it this summer.

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