Evolution Red, 1st Edition

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Budget Wine: Evolution Red, 1st Edition
Region: Oregon
Average Price: $15

Evolution Red, 1st Edition is a delicious, lively wine packed with succulent dark berry fruit. Despite its easy-drinking appeal, this is a wine with a lot to say and a big personality. Blackberries, wild cherries, bramble fruit, black plums, licorice, clove, sweet spices, vanilla cream are but some of the bright, fresh flavors I picked out. Smooth, gentle tannins caress rather than grip on the palate. Juicy finish with moderate length.

Read on for pairing suggestions and a little more about this wine!

At the Table
Evolution Red pairs with lots of things. This is a very versatile wine, one I would enjoy with pizza, spaghetti bolognese or pasta with any other ragú sauce, slow cooked stews, a simple cheeseburger and fries, or just sip with friends while nibbling slices of chorizo or other smoky/spicy sausage. We enjoyed Evolution Red 1st Edition earlier this week with braised short ribs on a bed of creamy polenta.

About Evolution Red
Evolution Red is made by the well known Oregon producer Sokol Blosser, who many of you probably know from their ‘Evolution White’ wine. In the same philosophical vein, Evolution Red is a blend of many different varieties (circa 12, according to Sokol Blosser). Sokol Blosser is not saying much on the exact blend beyond the fact that Syrah does play an important role – all that peppery black berry fruit on the palate. My guess is that there is also some Merlot (plummy notes), Zin (spice), Malbec (bramble & blue fruit notes) – but who knows? The main things I noted about this wine were its deliciousness, vibrancy and drinkability.

Designation ‘American Wine’ and NV
You will note from the label that Evolution Red carries the designation ‘American Wine’ because grapes are sourced from more than one state – Oregon and California. Additionally, under US wine law Evolution Red also cannot carry a vintage designation on the label.

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Mary Gorman-McAdams, MW (Master of Wine), is a New York based wine educator, freelance writer and consultant.