Dueling Pistols is a new label that falls into the Terlato Wines portfolio. Dueling Pistols wines combine two competing varietals in a 50/50 blend where each varietal’s fight for power balances that of the other.
2016 Dry Creek Valley Blend – Purple in color. 15% ABV. 50% Zinfandel and 50% Syrah. A portion of the Zinfandel comes from vines dating back 50 years. Rich nose of black fruits, vanilla bean and licorice. Full bodied, plush and silky. Clearly modern in style. Black cherry, raspberry liqueur and barbecued meats on the palate. The finish is long and supple. Delicious and easy to drink. Best over the next 2-4 years. My rating: 91 points.
2016 Paso Robles Blend – Opaque purple in color. 14% ABV. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Petite Sirah from a vineyard north of the Templeton Gap. Soaring nose of black fruits, molten licorice and espresso. Full bodied with ample acidity. Black currants, cassis liqueur and charred meats on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Sure to be a crowd pleaser. Drink over the next 2-4 years. My rating: 90 points.
Both wines will for $49.99. Reviews based on samples provided by Terlato Wines.