Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Alexis Bailly Country Red Review

Name: Alexis Bailly Country Red
Origin: Hastings, Minnesota, United States
Style: Red Blend
Grapes Used: Marechal Foch, de Chaunac, Baco Noir, Frontenac
ABV: 12%

I’ve decided to dedicate a bit of time to focus on the wineries here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, since there’s quite a few of them around. For today’s offering, we have something from Alexis Bailly Vineyards with their Country Red. The winery is located southeast of St. Paul in Hastings, along the border to Wisconsin. It is worth noting that area surrounding Hastings consists of vast, rolling hills ideal for growing grapes.

Come to think of it, the areas in and around by the St. Croix River Valley (where Hastings is located) is home to numerous wineries on both the Minnesota & Wisconsin Sides. With that said, let’s delve into this, shall we?

Appearance - Dark red which is quite clear when held to a light, which gives off a nice crimson color.

Aroma - Mild tannins mixed in with some light raspberry and cherry esters with a hint of dark currant.

Taste -Raspberry and black cherry upfront with some tannins in the middle and back. In the aftertaste, I'm picking up on a light dark currant flavor but that quickly drops off to a dry nothingness.

I have to say that I enjoyed this quite a bit. It strikes a nice balance between being fruity and bitter with any sort of aftertaste. Definitely recommend picking this one up should you get the opportunity.

Alexis Bailly Country Red - 8.5/10

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