Would you believe that I discovered Dead Bolt months ago while interrogating a secret California wine distributor in my ultra-plush underground wine cellar located hundreds of feet under the earth and protected by tons of concrete and steel? Okay, I can sense some skepticism. Chances are good I discovered this week’s wine during an early morning tasting at one of my favorite wine stores back in February, right before Josephine threatened to take away my credit cards if I didn’t stop buying wine!
I’ll let you decide which one sounds cooler.
With all that being said, “Dead Bolt” is a terrible name for a very good wine. It’s produced by Pernod Ricard USA which is a huge Spirits and Wine company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the French company Pernod Ricard SA. With all that going for them you’d think they’d come up with a better name.
The winemaker is Phillp Laffer, who made his bones producing wine in Australia. He was also the winemaker for Pernod Ricard’s other brands: Jacob’s Creek, Wyndham and Richmond Grove. You can definitely taste that Australian influence in the Dead Bolt.
The wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Petite Syrah and Syrah from California. The color is a deep purple, while the nose has a distinctive red fruit fragrance that pulls me in every time. As for the flavor, it is an excellent blend of dark cherries and spice.
This wine is 100% contrived, it’s a big factory wine and I want to hate it but I can’t, it was just too good. Dead Bolt is a wine made to attract market share, not a serious wine made by the winemaker’s desire to express himself or the grapes. I prefer more artesian wines and I’ll continue to search for those while avoiding big factory wines. However, if you’re having friends over for burgers this would be would be an absolutely safe wine to serve, a real crowd pleaser. Enjoy!
As we enjoy Memorial Day please remember it was not the orator who gave us freedom of speech — it was the veterans. It was not the priest or preacher who gave us freedom of religion — it was the veterans. And likewise, it was not the journalist who gave us freedom of the press — it was the veterans. “IF” we are grateful for all our freedoms, and for the last few years I think we are not, then please remember the men and women who are proudly called veterans.