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Staff Pick

Banshee "Mordecai" Proprietary Red Blend - 2015

Item # 35338 750mL
$21.96/ Single Bottle
$263.52 $237.17/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

This red blend from Banshee combines Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel with Carignan and Cinsault. It reminds us of Rhône blends while still being distinctly California with great plush fruit. Delicious and versatile at the table.

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Staff Pick Notes

I'm a huge fan of Banshee Wines, founded by three friends who lease top-quality vineyards with the simple goal of producing excellent, distinctive wines. Every cuvée I've had from Banshee delivers on this mission, and the 2014 Mordecai is no exception. This is a rich, plush California blend that is redolent of black plums, cherries and cassis. It has mint, dill, pine, cinnamon, pepper, and giant fresh red roses. It's perfect with lamb lollipops, pan-roasted NY strip steak, or aged sharp cheddar cheese. Banshee is named for one of the founder's dogs, after he got the crazies one afternoon and sprinted around in figure eights. The Mordecai is a bouncy, round, juicy, and exuberant wine that's excited to meet you!

- ES

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