Bad Boys Bad Boys

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR folks for Rocca Family Vineyards.

There’s a remainder of a really bad song in there, but for my sanity and yours I’m going to refrain from continuing with the lyrics so I don’t have it stuck n my head all day long. Mixed in with our spring we’ve had some really cold weather. Weather that requires a fire to be built, a big glass of red wine, and some stick to your bones home cooking. On one such night I made an eye of the round roast and cracked open the 2007 Bad Boy Red Rocca Family Vineyards. The Bad Boy is 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Cabernet Franc, 17% Merlot, and 10% Petit Verdot. It had a real cork closure, retails for $32, and clocked in at 14.5% alcohol by volume.

On the nose I got pepper, plum, blackberry, big black fruit, fresh blackberry, anise, cinnamon, baking spice, and black cherry. Right from the nose I got the impression that this would be a big knock you down fruit filled wine. In the mouth I found leather, slight chocolate notes, dried cherry, raspberry, spice, dried flowers, black cherry, plum, and a backbone of earthy notes running through. Color me surprised. The wine on the palate showed as much more reserved and refined than I expected from the nose, surprising me with the earth and dried cherry notes. The Bad Boy paired nicely with our roast, the cold weather, and a roaring fire!

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