First time trying this wine early this week and it is always fun to try to figure out the “mix” of varietals in a blend especially when not on the bottle. First on the eyes, it had to be Petit Verdot due to the deep coloring. On the nose, a very distinct Merlot aroma with a floral bouquet wafted into the senses. And lastly upon my first through third sips, blackberry and spices were lovely with structured but not overwhelming tannins securing the finish in the palate hinting it was Cabernet Sauvignon. That was my “uneducated guess” or assessment.
The next day, I sent an email to the winemaker, Mike Blom with my notes. Sure enough it did contain, 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot. What escaped my taste buds was a darn 2% of Petite Sirah! The wine was aged 27 months in a mix of French and American oak barrels. The alcohol percentage is 15.2% and was unfined. The Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Petite Sirah are from the Pope Valley vineyards. The Merlot is from the Napa Valley vineyard. This bottle retails for $44.
A very mellow and relaxing blend and easy to sip after dinner. Camouflage is one of Madorom’s two labels. The Camouflage series consists of a red blend, a Rose blend and Sauvignon Blanc. The other offering by Madorom is their Black Label and with two varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.