Three by Clover Hill Winery
Three, 2010 Bordeaux Blend
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The D-2010 Scale
2010 Three by Clover Hill Winery (Pennsylvania)
Appearance (10 points possible): Deep ruby color with great color density. - 10 points
Aroma/Bouquet (20 points possible): Some nice red fruit character, with strong hints of tobacco, plum, mushrooms, violets. Quite varietal. - 17 points
Taste (10 points possible): Medium- to full-bodied with some tannin that is moving back in the palate. This indicates the wine still has some aging time... at least another 3 or 4 years, I'd say. Perhaps more. Great red fruit essence and slight tobacco notes. Finish is lingering and powerful with hints of raw oak and fruit. - 9 points
Balance (5 points possible): This wine still has some aging time, which pulls it slightly off balance in terms of tannin structure. However, that's expected from such a young wine and I would say that some may still enjoy this wine where it is right now. Great body, length, and flavor. - 4 points
Finish (5 points possible): Very lengthy with hints of red fruit and raw oak. - 5 points
Quality of Package (5 points possible): Heavy glass bottle, Bordeaux style. Dark label and capsule with synthetic cork. Relatively nice package, but I'd personally opt for the natural cork here due to its style. - 5 points
Label Marketability (10 points possible): Quite chic and classy, but probably difficult to find in an array of bottles. In the tasting room, I'm sure these labels stand out compared to their other labels. - 7 points
Other (5 points possible): No big extras on this one. - 3 points
Total Points: 90 points
Overall Thought: Bordeaux varietal blends are always the keystone in the wine industry... or so they seem. Consumers are obsessed with Cabs, but I feel that we've become overly aware of one style of Cabernet blends without much awareness for the original old-world style. The great thing about Mid-Atlantic wines is that many of them represent a true old-world style, but made in the U.S. "Old-world" Cabs have less fruit-forward aromas and flavors, usually not as much alcohol, and a bit more acidity, but for us wine folk - we love it! It's different, unique, and it shows expression and style of the winemaker. I like this wine for those reasons: a blend of 44% Cabernet Franc, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 12% Merlot - there's definitely something in this bottle that is intriguing. Plus, you can't beat the $18 price tag for such an unique wine. These are definitely food wines so if you find it difficult to drink just sipping, I highly recommend some bread and cheese at the very least, and I'm sure your experience will change.
Food Pairings: A true steak wine. The low alcohol, crispness, and defined flavors will go nice with a steak meal. Really, this will go well with any red meat.
Splurge Factor (out of 4): 1... Price is all relative, and you're getting quite a good bargain for the quality in the bottle.