Middle Sister There's a bit of middle sister in all of us.
Since we had so much fun tasting Forever Cool Merlot by Middle Sister Winery, my husband and I decided to try another of their red wines. This one was also purchased at our local Target, again for a ridiculously inexpensive price (on sale for $8.99). I was drawn to this wine for similar reasons as the last bottle I had tried:
The name of the winery-- Middle Sister (I'm a middle sister, so the idea of a winery created around this concept intrigues me.)
The label image and color scheme reminds me of my younger sister Debbie who's always been a bit of a mischief maker in our family. Plus, who doesn't remember drawing cute stick figures in grade school?
The story on the back of the wine bottle: Have you ever dated brothers? Worn leather pants to a wedding? Paired white wine with red meat? Then you just might be a mischief maker. You keep us up after bedtime on a school night. You change your hair color like most people change their socks. You make lives more complicated, but less boring. You'll be in the stories we tell our grandchildren. You love trouble. And we love you. This story reminds me of Debbie, especially when she tried to change out of her bridesmaid's dress at my wedding to wear jeans. Before drinking this wine, I recalled all the antics we partook of in our youth and shared some stories and laughter with my husband.
I admit these are arbitrary reasons for purchasing a wine, but since my husband and I are wine novices, we enjoy having fun with some inexpensive purchases. Plus, when drinking at home with just each other's company, there's no need to be pretentious about the quality of the wine.
I researched Mischief Maker and gathered the following data concerning its contents: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% mixed Red Varities. It was made with warm ferments at 75F for extraction of color and character. There was no oak used. The Middle Sister Winery claims that smells of plums, berry jam, and dried herbs. When tasting it, it's described as summer berry jam with finishes of cocoa. Suggested pairings include grilled steak, BLT sandwiches, roasted lamb, and mac and cheese.
We didn't pair this wine with anything. I agree that Mischief Maker smells of berry jam and herbs more than plums. When tasting it, I also agree that it has a strong berry jam flavor with an aftertaste of cocoa. Not being a fan of berry or cocoa tastes in my wine, I was disappointed with the flavor. The berries make the wine sweet while the cocoa leave a bitter aftertaste. I'm usually a fan of Cabernets, so I was really surprised to discover that I had enjoyed Forever Cool Merlot more than Mischief Maker.
Overall, the wine tastes better after sitting for a few hours. Even after that, my husband was not a fan and rated it a -2. I enjoyed Mischief Maker more after it sat, which is why I rated the wine a -1. It's suitable for anyone on a budget, but serious wine drinkers will not enjoy it.
I won't be buying this particular wine again, unless as a novelty gift for a sister. The best quality to this wine was the memories it induced concerning my younger rebel of a sister. This review's for you, Debbie!
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