Laughing Stock Vineyards Blind Trust, 2017

You can’t go wrong with this local, under-$30 red blend (just don’t get us started on the insufferable LFNG labels…).  The pour is immediately appealing.  Robust in the heavy alcoholic sense, and whereas in Bordeaux a blend might top out between 12.5 and 13%, this is a hefty 14.4.  But, hey, it’s enormously likeable, food friendly and a stunning sipper.

Although mostly Merlot, it drinks like a Cab Sauv Cab Franc blend as much as anything.  Very fruity, overripe blackberries, easy on the oak, and a deep, luscious finish that’s like an espresso crema.

And all this for $30.  Huzzah.

Price: $29 at indie liquor stores.

Market Liquidity: Pink gets the Party Started; this blend will take it home.

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