Newman's Own is an interesting company - growing out of the late actor Paul Newman's cooking hobby, it's a company that donates 100% of all its post-tax profits and royalties to charity. We've enjoyed this company's other offerings so we decided it was worth checking out this wine as well. At less than $10, it's not much of a flyer, either. I couldn't find much information on this vintage, but according to the Newman's Own wine website, the 2011 has 12% California Petite Sirah blended in to the California Cabernet Sauvignon, and I'm guessing they did something similar in 2013; you can taste a bit of the Petite Sirah's pepperiness in this red blend. The 2011 was fermented in stainless steel and aged in French oak, which could be the case for this wine as well (winemakers have so many tricks and tech treatments nowadays it's hard to actually know if they don't tell you). This is not an overly complex wine, but also isn't overly simple either - the aromas of vanilla, dark cherry, plum, and spice lead into a smoothly sipping wine that shows off elements of dark fruit, black pepper, cedar, and herbal flavors. Definitely a food wine, it's good for drinking on its own but awakens and expands when paired with simple fare, maybe a pizza or pasta dish.
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