In the past several months, I’ve had the pleasure of tasting through wines from the Mollydooker Lefty and Party Wines collections. Mollydooker Wines has one final collection of their high-end, most prized wines that they call, The Love Wines. Sparky and Sarah Marquis feel that these wines are the ideal companion to all of life’s celebrations. Three wines make up the Love Wines: Enchanted Path, Carnival Of Love, and Velvet Glove. This blog will focus on their 2010 Enchanted Path.
Mollydooker’s 2010 Enchanted Path is a blend of 65% Shiraz and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is barrel fermented and matured in new 93% American oak and 7% French oak barrels with grapes sourced from vineyards in McLaren Vale. After taking care of business with the Mollydooker Shake, it was time to taste the wine.
In the glass, the wine pours a very deep purple color with long, thick legs revealed upon swirling the wine. Aromatics of ripe dark fruits such as boysenberry, blackberry, and blueberry fill the glass, along with baker’s chocolate and espresso. I picked up on some subtle tobacco and leather aromatics as well. There are a lot of layers going on, on the palate. Blackberries and boysenberries coat the palate with flavors of blueberry pie. Flavors of plumb and cassis are also present, along with the espresso and dark chocolate. The finish is long and peppery. This is a very full-bodied, young wine. It would be interesting to see how this would develop in a few years. This is definitely a serious wine that needs hearty fare to go along with it such as a New York steak smothered in mushrooms or a juicy bacon cheddar burger.
Mollydooker Wines always have colorful, fun, playful, and whimsical labels designed by Sarah Marquis. I love really love this label. It depicts a knight riding off with his princess on a white horse, appropriately enough, on an Enchanted Path. This wine retails for $90 on the Mollydooker website. An Internet search shows the wine selling for $66 and up on various sites. This is a wine recommended for those of you who love big, hearty wines. This is a great winter wine.
*This wine was generously provided as a media sample for review.