In the Big House

Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Big House Wines.

So the Big House Line. A box of the latest releases showed up on my door not so long ago. First, I can’t stand their website. I don’t know if it’s my computer or what, but it’s jumpy and hard to navigate. I understand trying to be cute…but if I can’t get to what I need easily, I’m outta there. On the other hand, these are meant to be inexpensive, not serious, table wines.  The 2007 Big House Red retails for around $8, had a screw cap closure, and clocks in at 13.5% alcohol by volume. It’s a blend of everything and the kitchen sink.

On the nose I got banana, berries, spice, cranberry, plums, green pepper, and dirt. It smelled fruity and jammy. In the mouth I found raspberry, cherry, chocolate, and plums. I thought the palate was fairly simple compared to the nose and it had bitter tannins on the finish. It smoothed a bit as it aired. It didn’t really jive for me.

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2 Responses

  1. Interesting…you know, back when Bonny Doon was making this wine it was kind of my “house red.” Since it was sold off, though, the wines don’t seem to be up to their old quality. I’m glad to see someone else was not terribly impressed.

  2. Good Article. I hope you don’t mind me posting here. I love your site, I’m looking forward to your next article

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