Unionville Vineyards 2015 Hunterdon Mistral Rouge
There is an intriguing meaty savoriness on the nose that combines with aromas of red cherry, cranberry, blueberry, peppery spice, potpourri and just a hint of nutty, toasty oak on a complex nose.
On the palate too, that balance between sweet, ripe fruit and more savory, umami notes is impressive. The spiciness is even more complex here -- some black pepper, but also a root beer-meets-cola quality too, without the sweetness. Juicy acidity dovetails nicely with grippy tannins for structure and mouthfeel.
A candidate for at least short-term cellaring, it evolved -- without fading -- open on my table for several days. The spiciness stepped forward and was joined by a subtle earthiness. If you like complexity without a large oak footprint, this wine is right in your wheelhouse.
One of the top red wine values I've found this year.
* Review sample provided by the winery