Stark Raving Wine is an easy summer sipping wine. Perfect for when you come home from work you need a sip of wine to take the edge off a rather hectic day.
It’s almost routine for me, first thing I do is get out of my 9-5 clothes and unwind with a glass of vino.
Stark Raving Wines hails from Sonoma California and is produced by Rosenblum Cellars. Heavily influenced by Ken Rosenblum, you guessed it the founder and the person who put California Zinfandel on the map. Stark Raving Winemaker, John Kane has been working along side Rosenblum for more than 9 years. These California blends are a tribute to the founders maniacal obsession with experimentation.
Grapes are sourced from Argentina, France and California.
Both wines are very fruit forward and a light- medium body. Very easy to drink.
Stark Raving White
Blend: 90% Chardonnay, 8% Muscat and 2% Malvasia Blanco
Nose: Peach, apricot, pear and melon
Palette: Buttery, vanilla, cinnamon, vibrant style wine, very fruit forward. Slight woodiness near the finish, giving the wine a robust body.
Price: $15 – Everything Wine, BC
Average rating: 3.8/5
Pairs well with: spicy foods, Mediterranean flavours, pastas
Stark Raving Red
Blend: 34% Tannat, 28% Zinfandel, 18% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon , 4% Petite Sirah and 6%
Nose: Molasses, fruits, jammy, French vanilla,
Palette: big and luscious, very fruit forward. Starting with a strong jammy flavor, cherry and blackberry, then tannins and plum and spices, from the merlot. Finally the earthiness from the zinfandel. Tannat gives the wine some structure.
Pairs well with: bolder foods, steak red meats, marinade pasta, burgers
Barrels: 10% of the wine aged in French Oak Barrels, another 10% aged in American oak and the rest aged in stainless steel vats for 5 months.
Average rating: 4/5