Iris Vineyards, Rogue Valley (Oregon) “House Call” Red Blend 2020

($20):  This lively and juicy fruit focused blend of equal parts of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, rounded out with Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, displays an array of black and red fruits supported by mild tannins and bright acidity.  Weighing in under 14 percent stated alcohol, it’s not a heavy wine, rather a terrific choice for summer BBQ.  A hint of sweetness in the finish allows you to use it as a before dinner aperitif, even chilled, while heating the grill.
88 Michael Apstein Jun 27, 2023