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Springdale Friends in Merlot Places

Rating
94
Price
$13
Brand
Alcohol
9.5%
Bottle Size
500 ml
Issue Date
7/1/2019
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From Springdale, the sister brewery for ale and wild-fermentation experimentation to the lager-centric Jack's Abby Brewing, this oak-aged sour was brewed with California Merlot juice then aged eight to 12 months in red-wine barrels made from French and American oak. The result is a harmonious, vibrant and grapy pour, with assertive vinous aromas of tart raspberry, cherry and balsamic that are partnered with seductive hints of cocoa powder, caramel and raw sweet dough. The palate is light and effervescent, with a tart mouthwatering pucker that leads the finish but is followed abruptly by whispers of sweet oaky spice, cocoa nib and leather. Lauren Buzzeo

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98-100

Classic
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94-97

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90-93

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Suitable for everyday consumption, often good value

80-82

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