Full Review

Instigator

Instigator
2019 Red Blend, Lodi

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Other US Red

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: .5%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$12.99
Best Buy

Instigator
2019 Red Blend, Lodi

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Other US Red

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: .5%
Medium ruby garnet color. Aromas of strawberry compote, black plum, cacao, espresso bean, black peppercorn, and leather with a medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length raspberry jam, black cherry, baking spice, vanilla, and cinnamon stick finish with fine, well-integrated, firm tannins and light oak flavor. A rich yet nuanced Red Blend that checks all the boxes; great with food or by itself.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: New World & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: strawberry compote, black plum, cacao, espresso bean, black peppercorn, and leather
Taste Flavor: raspberry jam, black cherry, baking spice, vanilla, and cinnamon stick
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now Enjoy with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rich yet nuanced red that checks all the boxes; great with food or by itself.

The Producer

O'Neill Beverages Co., LLC (dba O'Neill Vintners & Distillers)

The Producer
8418 S Lac Jac Ave
Parlier, CA 93648
USA
1 559-638-3544

Their Portfolio

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87 Hall Ranch 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $15.99.
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88 Instigator 2019 Chardonnay, Lodi 13.5% (USA) $12.99.
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86 Line 39 2018 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $.00.
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89 Spyglass 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 13.5% (USA) $19.00.
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Other US Red

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
'Other Red' is a catch-all category for both uncommon grape varietals and uncommon combinations of varietals. There are little pockets of other red varietals grown throughout the US. In California, Italian varietals such as Barbera, Gignolino, Primitivo, and Nebbiolo and esoteric Rhone varietals like Cinsault and Carignano can be found. Tempranillo, best known as the principal red variety of Spain’s Rioja, can also be found in small plantings in the Southwest where hot grown conditions favor the grape. Many producers throughout the US produce blends of Bordeaux with non-Bordeaux varietals such as Zinfandel, Petit Sirah, Syrah and even hybrids like Chambourcin that fall under our Other US Red category.