02/09/01 – Heritage Vineyards (California) Red 1999

Heritage Vineyards (California) Red 1999
Here’s another wine from the mostly cheap and cheerful collection at SPAR grocers shops that is extremely easy to recommend for its delicious drinking at a very modest price. This anonymous blend of red grape varieties is presented in attractive, classy packaging and has a big, inviting, opulent nose of sweet vanilla, spice and lush blackberry and plum fruit. It is a bit like super-charged Rioja on the nose, and onto the palate which is chewy and densely-fruited with a chocolaty depth of sweet, ripe and juicy fruit. There’s that slick of spicy oak and just a little tannic bite keeping it fresh enough. Nothing complex here, but your dinner party guests won’t know this fruit and character-packed red comes at such a keen price. Terrific stuff. 3.99 SPAR branches