Wine of the Week – Line39 Excursion Red Blend 2016

For the next 7 weeks wines reviewed will be ones you can include in your holiday feast.

This Week – Line39 Excursion can add a perfect dark fruit and spice flavor to your meal.

The smell of fall leaves burning in the distance might inspire one last foray on the backyard grill, with Hickory Smoked Ribs in a hot/sweet Texas Chili Sauce, Rosemary Lamb, Sausage Pizza or Jumbo Quail marinated in Ghost Peppers and allowed to smoke slowly on the side of the grill away from the coals making perfect companions for the newest addition to the Line39 wine portfolio, Excursion Red Blend 2016 ($14.99). The folks at O'neill Vintners and Distillers have scored another home run with their latest release. The hearty blend is not composed of your usual suspect. Petit Verdot and Petite Sirah were selected because of their ability to showcase black fruit flavors of dark plums, blackberries, delicate aromas of crushed rose petals and bold tannins. Zinfandel was brought in to add the flavors of ripe raspberries with a hint of dark cocoa and nutmeg, cinnamon stick and a touch of spicy pepper. Merlot brings in the unmistakable flavor and smell of ripe red cherries and black tea to make this a real mouthful. Line 39 gets its name from the 39th parallel, which runs through California wine country. The O'Neill's sourced the grapes from the full spectrum of top quality wineries in Lake County, Monterey, Lodi and Clarksburg, know throughout the industry for their perfect fruit. The wine is literally an armchair journey through some of the finest vineyards in California. Sit back, relax and enjoy. Every sip will take you on a unique flavor excursion. Hence, the name. For about $15, you can't take a more reasonably priced and pleasurable journey.