Hangtown Red Lot 47
“Toaster Leavins!” The term made “famous” on “Married With Children” for the beloved meal that was a blend of crumbs left at the bottom of the toaster about describes this wine. As crude as it may sound, the Bundy’s had great memories of that crumb filled dinner as they would reminesce over the bits of bagel, english muffin and waffles. The little bits of each made it magical. That is this wine.
Hangtown Red is not just a varietal blend but its a vintage blend as well. (19% Mourvedre, 13% Cabernet Franc Syrah 12%, Pinot Noir 11%, 10% Grenache, 9% Petite Verdot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Pinot Blanc, 3% Barbera, 2% Zinfandel 10% – Miscellaneous varietals under 2% each) When you first open it, there will be a fight at the neck of the bottle. Step back and let her breathe. Too many voices all trying to sing at once.
Once the grape battle has ended, look for a jammy goodness on the nose. Cherries and strawberries work well together followed by some high end molasses or sweet, dark candy notes. Based on the chaos I got when I first dug my nose in, I thought my palate was in for it. Quite the contrary. It seems as if the battle tuckered everyone out and a mellow parade on comfy couches is what you’ll find. No rushing, no fighting, just silky tannins, a tinge of acidity and a long even finish. I always enjoy a good story and at this price point, she’s a no brainer.
Retail: $8.75 online (Cheaper at Trader Joes at >$7)
(K&S Rating: 5 of 6)
Winemaker Notes: “Luscious and jammy: raspberry, anise, strawberry, earth, caramel, cherries, plums, vanilla, oak, Palate: Soft and balanced, medium- bodied, round, long finish.”