Deerfield Ranch Winery
2008 Red Rex
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At today’s special Wine Spies price, this wine delivers tremendous value - and a drinking experience that exceeds expectations, easily earning it this special QPR (Quality to Price Ratio) Alert.
Mission Codename: Favorite Son
- Agent Red
- Send Agent Red back to Deerfield Ranch Winery, to secure the latest vintage of our all time best-selling red blend, their fantastic Red Rex
- Mission Status
- Robert Rex
For the last two years in a row, Deerfield’s impeccable and delicious Red Rex blend has been our best-selling blend of the year. Always, their Red Rex is a Super-QPR (Quality to Price Ratio) wine that delivers a high-dollar drinking experience – for far less money than you would expect for such a great wine. The Red Rex is rich, concentrated and elegant.
Winemaker Robert Rex shows off his decades of experience with this wonderful blend of 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Syrah, 17% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Dolcetto, 3% Zinfandel and 1% Petit Sirah. Each varietal works in harmony, making the wine a perfectly balanced experience - on the nose and on the palate.
Today’s 2008 Red Rex is another gem in the succession that is red blend perfection from Deerfield, a winery that we have come to love and admire over the years.
Dark and concentrated black cherry color through the opaque heart with brilliant maroon edges.
Black cherry, mission fig compote, sweet tobacco leaf, dried black tea leaf, Santa Rosa plum skin, cocoa dust, subtle dried fall leaves, sweet spice and a hint of black pepper.
The palate very closely mimics the nose, with even more concentrated fruit flavors. As the wine opens, it reveals cherry pipe tobacco, dried fall leaves, black tea, subtle brown spice, dried black rose petal and subtle black papper.
Puckering tannins add back of the palate lift to the more earthy flavors, giving the wine such great balance.
Enjoy this wine with a wide variety of grilled meats, a portobello mushroom burger, or a very cheesy meat lasagna.
What the Winery Says
Winemaking is 60% cooking. Cooking is about taste. Taste has no rules.
RED REX is this philosophy personified. It’s an outside the box, do-what-tastes-best blend. It’s winemakers deep in the cave, sampling wine, sharing ideas and being creative. It’s evolution. We made over 150 separate batches of wine in 2008 from twenty nine different vineyards in Sonoma County. Each was unique, each with its own personality. The blend is constructed by taste. Each varietal focusing on a particular part of the palate. The blend will vary from vintage to vintage but the style and character remains the same.
- 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Syrah, 17% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Dolcetto, 3% Zinfandel, 1% Petit Sirah
- Residual sugar
- 18 ppm at bottling, and less than 8 ppm at release.
- Bottled 1,600 cases, February 2012. Cross flow filtered for stability and brilliance. Velcorin free. Nine gold medals, two best of class in national competitions over six vintages. Consistently rated over 90 points by consumers.
About the Winery
Deerfield Ranch Winery is an award-winning winery located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley at Kenwood. We specialize in small lots of handmade wine from select Northern California vineyards. Currently we have 17 vineyards under contract and make as many as 40 separate lots of wine from those vineyards.
We make several wine varietals and blends, something for everyone, a wine for every occasion Production lots vary from 250 cases to 1000 cases. We will produce about 8,000 cases in 2005, and plan to grow to a maximum of 25,000 cases per year in our New Winery.