Good Morning Gentle Readers,
Everybody, and I mean everybody, waited until October 2 to send me the stuff I needed to wrap up their taxes by the October 15 extended deadline. That's hell on wheels in my book and I worked straight through the weekend to prove my point. I'll take a little cheese with that whine. Thankee. Feels like April 15th coming on hard.
The Root: 1 is just okay and benefits mightily from sitting out on the counter overnight with the cork out. That takes it from drinkable to not bad. It worked well in the spaghetti I made as well.
The wine is interesting because the big sell is that the grapes are grown on their own native rootstock without grafting. Hence, the dorky name and eccentric looking bottle with painted on vines complete with roots twining the requisite six feet into the soil, which is meant to evoke exactly that image. Root.
Pretty certain that in a blind tasting you'd immediately recognize this as an inexpensive Chilean Cab. Although the black currants, leather, and berries are evident, the flavor tends to dilution resulting from the nagging distraction of the cloyingly sweetish cherry flavors (as so described) frequently found in low-end red wine.
I'm less impressed than some of my cohorts in the wine review business but you may like it. If it truly is eleven bucks USA, then that's a bit too much. But I think Mrs TWC said she found it for around seven dollars.
UPDATE: Mrs TWC sez it was $10.00 plus. And, for example, I'm drinking a 2004 Kenwood Sonoma County Cabernet, $11.49 that smokes that Root 1. I mean it just puts it under the table.
Would TWC drink it again? Maybe. On the chance that I got a bum bottle, I'd give it one more chance.