I've never been a fan of celebrity wines yet this one was on sale for $13 so I decided to leave my attitude aside for a try. The wine making collaboration is Dave Matthews (musician) and Simi wine maker Steve Reeder. I honestly wasn't expecting much from this however it was a pleasant surprise. Overall, this is a good everyday drinking red that you won't have to overly analyze.
Aromas of ripe strawberry, raspberries and hints of smoky oak gave it a respectable balance worth the price point. Flavors complimented the aromas by bringing out a fruit forward raspberry jam with subtle tannins. The smoky oak was just enough for me, not overly done. This would be a good pairing with grilled pork, chicken or even pasta with crushed tomatoes and garlic.
There's no information for the blending varietals on the label, however tasting notes share that it's a blend of 67% Merlot and 33% Zinfandel. With oak aging for 19 months, I can see why I like the hints of oak this wine carries. The story behind these 2 guys is definitely entertaining and interesting. You gotta love their take on life and the path traveled to make these wines. Their sustainable efforts are to be applauded as well. www.dreamingtreewines.com
A Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are available as well. You shouldn't have a hard time finding this at your local wine shop or even grocery store. Distribution is nation-wide (USA) by Constellation Brands.