TWI 92 Points: “The 2018 Pirate TreasuRed Red Blend is composed of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Grenache, Cabernet Franc, and Petite Sirah. Deep garnet-purple colored, it is a tad closed to begin, soon unfurling to reveal notes of stewed black plums and black cherry preserves with underlying notes of tar, rubber, Sichuan pepper, and bacon rind, with a touch of dried herbs. The concentrated, full-bodied palate is jam packed with pepper-laced black fruits, supported by ripe, rounded, approachable tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing long and savory.”
Captain Heidi Barrett Notes: “Avast, mateys – it’s a new vintage of Pirate TreasuRed! The first year I worked on this wine in 2007, the result was not what I expected, but something even better. Because the original blend used seven varietals, the ‘Treasure of the Seven Seas’ idea was a natural inspiration for the Pirate name. Each year the blend changes slightly – in 2018 I used 6 varietals to create this big, bold, raucous blend that stands out because of its finesse and complexity. It’s been a wonderful 12 vintages of spreading good Pirate cheer and of course, simply the best grog this side of Davey Jones’ Locker. We hope you love this latest edition of Pirate TreasuRed. Arrrrrr!
Notes: The 2018 Pirate is a deep ruby red color with open aromas of ripe fruit – plums and cherries – with complex notes of savory spices, vanilla, toasted French oak, cardamom, and olive tapenade. Delicious, round, and silky smooth across the palate with seamless, layered flavors and barely-there structural tannins. Flavors last several minutes with a nice balance and finish. Easy to drink and easy to love – perfect for pairing with a variety of full-flavored food or bringing a swashbuckling spirit to any party or gathering.
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