If you looking for a good red blend under $15 that delivers, look no further than the 2006 Ten Mile – “The Broken Road” ($12.50). My go to wine in this category used to be the Hey Mambo Red, but after tasting the Ten Mile, I think the title has switched hands. Honestly a fun wine with lots of dark brambly fruit and cocoa notes but displays a serious side with flavors of black tea and hints of suede.
Wine Info –
Harvest Dates: October 4th – 22nd, 2006
Blend: 46% Petite Sirah, 44% Zinfandel, 7% Barbera, 3% Carignane
Grapes: Average Brix: 27.1
Fermentation: Stainless Steel Tanks
Aging: 20% new & 80% older French & American Oak
Time in Barrel: 14 months
Nose: black currant, blackberry, coffee, suede
Taste: black tea, black currant, cassis, cocoa powder
Mouthfeel: full body with dusty tannins
Finish: medium body with good fleshy fruit flavors and the tannins smooth out nicely to a velvety texture
Fun enough to drink on its own, but definitely a great pizza or barbecue wine. Check it out, its a great value red that packs a punch.
Thanks for the recommendation. I’m always looking for great red blends, especially at that price point!
After having one bottle a year ago, I went back and got 6 more of the 2005. I opened one a week ago and was reminded at how good this wine is! It’s a perfect example of how unrelated price is to good wine. I checked at my local “wine shop” (Rays) and they still have an entire floor display rack of both ’05 and ’06. I’m getting 6 more tonight!