Comanche Cellars Mixed Red Blends
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@mtnzj opines the Dog & Pony La Vaquera should age well in this Lab Rat Report an adept sipper and better with a charcuterie plate or rich meal; complex flavors, integrated tannins, and good acidity
@ejrunion encounters the Maverick, and a first Lab Rat experience with the blend valuable as a solid enhancement to a meal, but we didn’t feel that the wine was complex or deep.
@gemeinschaft79 Lab Rat Reporting the Maverick is definitely a food wine! surprisingly tannic; much dryer than expected, with red plums and tart cherries on the front, astringency like juniper or rosemary in the middle, turning into a spicy dry finish...
2020 Comanche Cellars Maverick, Arroyo Seco, San Benito County
2020 Dog & Pony La Vaquera, California
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Comanche Cellars Mixed Red Blends
4 bottles for $74.99 $18.75/bottle + $2/bottle shipping
Case of 12 for $179.99 $15/bottle + $1/bottle shipping
2020 La Vaquera
2020 Dog & Pony La Vaquera
Good evening! I was lucky to get a lab rat opportunity for the Dog & Pony La Vaquera by Comanche Cellars. This wine opens with a nice deep ruby color with slow forming legs. The initial smell is pleasant, if subtle. Notes of plum, dried herbs, mushroom, lightly smoked meat, and cedar. This red blend has a nice medium body with medium+ acidity. Tannins are present and well-integrated. Wine is bone dry. After opening the spice notes prominent and with more open time backed off and balanced better with the other flavors. Prominent flavors were plum, tart raspberry, and leather with more subtle notes of strawberry in the mid pallet and undertones cedar and tobacco. Everything is well integrated and, to me, represent the 60% Tempranillo/20% Grenache/20% Carignan blend well. Each varietal adds complexity and representative flavors to a cohesive wine.
This California red blend more than held its own against a garlic crusted steak and would have shined with braised lamb shank. The eclectic dinner has chipotle dusted corn on the cob which was OK, mostly amplifying the spice notes of both. This wine’s balance of complex flavors, integrated tannins, and a good acidity backbone make for an adept sipper that would gets better with a charcuterie plate or rich meal. Additionally, this wine should age well and is pleasant in its youth.
This wine is a nice value in the $30ish retail price range and the case price is a great value.
thank you for your review. This is one of our most popular blends with 2016 being the first vintage. It has sold out every year since. Old World meets New World. Easy drinking but never boring
2020 Comanche Maverick
We had the opportunity to rat the 2020 Maverick from Comanche Cellars. This wine was dark ruby in the glass with some purple highlights at the meniscus. I had never had a combination of Syrah and Sangiovese before, but the color combination makes sense with both of those juices. The first whiff was of alcohol, but there were some hints of leather and coffee. In later tastings, bright berry aromas took center stage.
This wine, in some ways, was very similar to Pedroncelli’s Sonoma Classico, a standby in our house. Like that wine, it is very sharply acidic, especially in the first two glasses, and my feeling was that it was akin to the tart cherry juice I used to make hard cider this winter: sweet with a sharp tang. It was also a very dry wine, and the tannins took a grip simultaneous to the tang.
After an initial glass, my wife and I had another with our meal, a chicken burrito bowl. Just like the Sonoma Classico, it is a food wine, and it stood up well to the taco seasoning and the starchiness of the rice. Later in the evening, it also complemented a sharp cheddar, although by that time the acid was more muted. While the label stated that the ABV was 12.1%, it felt much higher.
We enjoyed what this bottle had to offer, but we didn’t feel that the wine was complex or deep. This is most valuable as a solid enhancement to a meal. Thank you to Alice, Wine David, and WCC for the chance to share our thoughts!
Comanche Cellars 2020 Maverick Red Blend
I’ve been having a really tough week, but I felt like the Universe took pity on me Wednesday night when a bottle of Comanche Cellars 2020 Maverick Red arrived at my door from blessed Alice. Unfortunately, it was pretty late and the bottle had gotten warm in the UPS truck. I decided to let it rest, and open it the next day.
The Maverick is a blend of Syrah, Sangiovese, and a touch of Graciano. The first pour got me excited to try the wine. The color is very inviting. A deep, dark garnet with a slight purple hue on the edges. Gentle swirling revealed thick, slow legs.
The nose was a little disappointing for me. I didn’t get any alcohol burn, but it was hard for me to differentiate notes in the nose. I didn’t get a lot of fruit, maybe a little cherry. More prominent was cedar, green herby notes, and a hint of funk, like a stinky soft cheese. I like cedar and funky cheese, so this wasn’t a turn off, though I’d prefer more fruit and leather notes.
I let the wine breathe in the glass for 20 minutes. My first taste was surprisingly tannic. It was much more dry than I expected, with red plums and tart cherries on the front, astringency like juniper or rosemary in the middle, turning into a spicy dry finish with notes of Chinese 5 spice and juniper on the end. After an hour, it hadn’t softened much, so I decided to try it with some aged brie and Castelvetrano olives.
This is definitely a food wine! It was especially good with the fatty, stinky brie. It became softer, less dry and tannic, and the red fruit became more prominent. The finish remained full of warming spices. The olives amplified the green, herby notes of the wine.
I’d recommend this wine as a pairing with rich food. I can imagine it cleansing the palate during a dish of hearty Boeuf Bourguignon or Fettuccine Alfredo.
Thank you for your review. This wine will soften as it breathes. Monterey County is a cooler climate and lends itself to Old World style wines with pleasant acidity
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2020 Comanche Cellars Mixed Red Blends - $45 = 19.99%