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What we’re drinking: Two Mountain Hidden Horse Red Blend VIII

January 16th, 2013 by brynn grimley

Brynn writes:

At the first Taste Washington event we went to a couple years ago, Mary and I stopped at the Two Mountain Winery table.

Mary knew one of the brothers who founded the winery from her days at the wine shop, so we had a great time chatting with him about the winery and upcoming releases.

My editor had also brought the winery to my attention, telling me she really enjoyed the Riesling Two Mountain produces. So when I was at the grocery store the other day and saw a Two Mountain red blend, I decided it was time to give them a try.

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The blend is the winery’s Hidden Horse Red Table Wine VIII, which is a Bordeaux blend. The bottle doesn’t give a breakdown of the grapes used, but the finish sang of Cabernet Sauvignon, leaving me to believe that was the dominate grape varietal.

The winery has its previous blend, the Hidden Horse VII, on its site. Here’s what they say about that wine:

A red blend for the ages. This is a great red for almost anytime. Thirty-nine percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 37 percent Merlot, 15 percent Cabernet Franc, 6 percent Syrah, and 3 percent Malbec has created a great combination of elegance, structure, approachability. With wafts of boysenberry, blackberry, and a hint of white pepper then working into a mouth containing dark rich plum, over ripe bramble berries, sweet spice, and rich tobacco leaves. What a gem!

I’m guessing the break down of grape percentages is relatively similar, although maybe no Syrah in the Hidden Horse VIII blend — I didn’t catch any of the jammy notes that could come with Syrah. This was a great every day red wine and paired well with the potato soup I made from a combination of russet and Yukon gold potatoes and roasted cauliflower florets.

The wine retails between $15 and $20. I think we bought it closer to the $15 mark.

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