Anyone else feeling like 2020 has been one of the strangest times?
This year has surely been one for the record books, and we’re only halfway through.
With all the Shelter-in-Place (SIP) orders, I’ve been doing plenty of sipping at home with the many wine samples that come my way. I’m ever so grateful for them, as they have given me the ability to “travel through the glass” while homebound.
I was recently sent samples of a couple of wines by Anarchist Wine Co. out in California, and I was immediately intrigued by the bottles just by sight. Both wines were very cleverly named. Though this was likely not specifically intentional, the names are oh-so-perfect for 2020. Before I even got into tasting them, I was feeling like these may be the wines that define the year.
Anarchist Wine Co. states on their website that they are “a nod to those with the foresight to observe the situation, the mindfulness to ask the question, the courage to take action and forge the outcome. Throughout history, there have been individuals following this formula. These are the Anarchists we honor and our wines walk a similar path. Blending varietals not usually made together in traditional wine landscape. We carry this mission throughout our wine quality and imagery.”
So let’s see how these wines break the mold and challenge the wine status quo.
2019 Rosé Against the Machine
I decided to try this wine on National Rosé Day, just for a little fun and celebration. The label is a beautiful pink design that according to Anarchist Wine Co. was made by an algorithm designed by free-thinking artists who refuse to be restricted by convention.
The cork for both of the bottles had this message: We embrace individuals and events that move and shape the trajectory of human history. The art on each bottle presents a graphic expression of consequence against the landscape of the status quo.
The wine? It was great. I truly enjoyed it. Ripe red fruit on the nose and palate with high acidity and a long, balanced fruity finish. Creamy texture and mouth-watering acidity held up the structure of the wine, while the ripe cherries, strawberries, and watermelon gave the wine an enticing flavor. The blend is 84% Tempranillo, 15% Mourvedre, 1% Pinot Noir, and the wine sells on the site for $24. (A great value, I think).
2016 Conspiracy Theory
North Coast, CA
Oh! What a fun wine! I enjoyed drinking this one in 2020, too. ‘Twas a perfect pairing–a conspiracy theory wine for this crazy time. This bottle was also a surprise. I love to taste and guess the blend, and this one was easy at first, but harder to guess as you got into it, and not even remotely traditional.
Strong peppery notes hit right off the bat, which is indicative of Syrah. Good thing, because Syrah is about 25% of the blend. The rest is more complicated. It’s a dark and brooding wine with lots of inky black fruit flavors, spice, soft acidity, and rounded tannins. Very well blended and balanced, but hard to pinpoint exactly what other grapes are in there. Perhaps the reason behind that is that you don’t often see these grapes all together! The remaining varieties are 40% Petite Sirah, 14% Malbec, 11% Sangiovese, and 10% Zinfandel.
The label art on this one is intriguing much like the first. It was also created by an algorithm, but this one included the coordinates for some of the world’s conspiracy theory epicenters. Places such as Area 51, Paramount Studios, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, plus others.
This one is sold for $36 on the site, and also a great grab, even if just for a conversation starter.
Bravo to Anarchist Wine Co. for creativity and quality in the bottle. I couldn’t have picked a better pairing for our current times. Think I’ll go back for more.
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