Obsession is one of those brands, and the thrust of the label is a semi-sweet white wine made from Symphony grapes and a red blend.
Grapes for the 2016 vintage of Obsession Red came from estate vineyards in the Sierra Foothills and Lodi - grown in iron-rich volcanic soil in the former, sandy loam in the latter. The wine is composed of 60% Merlot, 30% Zinfandel and 10% Petite Sirah fruit. Only three months of aging took place in new French oak barrels. Alcohol sits at 13.5% abv and the wine retails for $15. A sample was provided by distributor Quintessential Wines.
This wine's nose gives off a blast of smoke which layers over dark fruit, such as plums and blueberries, and spices. Most of the spice apparently comes courtesy of the grapes, since minimal oak aging was employed. The palate suggests more oak, with plentiful spice to join the bold fruit. It's a bit of a belligerent wine, with the tannic structure to handle a juicy ribeye steak. Not a bad drink for the price, especially for those who like a bolder style of wine.
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