Non-Vintage - bottled in December 2014
Origin: Turner Road Vintners, California
Taste guide: Medium/light bodied, ripe red berry fruit flavours, soft and smooth, very light oaking
75cl - 12.5% - screwcap
Turner Road Vintners has been long established in California and is based in the Lodi region, unsurprisingly on Turner Road. They produce a variety of wines, from the very top end to everyday wines such as this.
The Turner Road Red is a produced from a blend of various varietals - Ruby Cabernet (38%), Syrah (30%) Carignan (24%) and the rest with minor varietals - all grown and harvested in the San Joaquin Central Valley, in close proximity to the winery, with much fruit coming from estate owned vineyards. Each varietal was separately vinified, and then blended by the master winemaker Joe Alioto. The wine was left to settle in stainless steel. There was no oak treatment beyond some chips used in fermentation. The result is a soft, smooth and very fruity wine.
The colour is bright cherry red and the nose is full of ripe red berry fruit. The palate is soft and light with cherry, redcurrant, and strawberry fruit flavours coming through. There is a smidgeon of acidity to balance and the inherent tannins are minimal, but adding that little extra structure and complexity.
This is a very easy drinking wine, but with varietal elements shining through. Much better than the price would suggest - just open, pour and enjoy.
A wine sold mainly in the Independent trade so retail prices vary, but has a recommended retail of £5.49. Binendwines' price is just £4.49.
An ideal red for summer drinking.