Mark Aselstine
July 26, 2012 | Mark Aselstine

Horse and Plow Harvester Red 2010

In this month's Wine Exploration Wine Club shipment we're happy to feature the 2010 Harvester Red by Horse and Plow winery of Santa Rosa.

Opened by the husband and wife team of Chris Condos and Suzanne Hagins, both of whom have been making wine in Sonoma for more than a decade each, Horse and Plow focuses on organically grown grapes and using the most natural winemaking techniques possible.

The Harvester Red wine is an interesting blend for a few reasons, but we thought it was a nice introduction for our club members to a Carignane and Syrah blend (although there is also smaller amounts of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Charbono and Grenache).

Carignane is the interesting grape here for many people, since most wine drinkers aren't familiar with the grape.  The grape isn't often made into varietal specific wines, but instead is used in blends often to add the dark maroon color which is so evident in this wine.  Personally, I think this wine does a nice job at being drinkable and enjoyable even without food, which is often a challenge at this price point, with these grapes which can be overextracted and carry too much alcohol at times.



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