When founding winemaker Eric Rindal launched Melange during the 1990s, consumers didn’t embrace proprietary blends nearly as readily as they do now. John Freeman, who took over for Rindal with the sale to Precept, follows a similar path by using more than eight varieties, leading with Cabernet Sauvignon (25%) and followed by Merlot, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Tempranillo, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Grenache. The aromas hint at a moist chocolate brownie with Marionberry, strawberry-rhubarb jam and juniper berry. There’s a dark fruit profile on the palate with plums, boysenberry and dried strawberry, backed with bittersweet chocolate and raspberry acidity. Freeman suggests serving this with roasted pork loin, grilled vegetables, pasta with meat sauce and hearty stews.
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