Wow, it's good.
I enjoyed the Lady in Red with grilled shoulder of lamb and crusty bread. Lamb tends to be bit fatty, so this firm, flavorful wine and tasty lamb went fantastic together. If I learned anything last year, it is how to cook lamb tender and tasty, sear it first, use Vinagre de Jerez or Marsala, oregano or rosemary, salt, pepper, olive oil and then grill or broil it in the pan and make a sauce from the drippings and crusty bits.
Every now and then you encounter a wine which instantly speaks to you, color, aroma, flavor, finish and best of all, your friends like it. It's icing on the cake when the price is hovering around 11 bones. Seriously, I paid $11.59 for this bottle. Do yourself a favor and go buy some. This wine rocks.
I've not been a fan of Kestrel wines, but the 6th Edition of the Lady in Red (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese), has changed my opinion. She was dark, full of life, a real pleasure and she lingered so sweetly. I'll be visiting the Lady in Red again - count on it.
Fact Sheet: www.kestrelwines.com/pdf/LIR6.pdf
Cases produced: 9,430.
Released June 2008.
Kestrel Vintners is located in Prosser, Washington. Well worth the effort to visit them and the many wineries in the area.