What better way to finish off Thanksgiving evening but with a great bottle of red wine. This signature edition wine from Kestrel was delicious! The deep, rich red color filled by my glass. My palate loved the rich fruit flavors. It was perfect with a dark chocolate covered red velvet cake ball.
Raptor Red is our flagship wine. Each vintage Dirk, my assistant winemaker, and I choose the six finest barrels from the cellar. We blend these together to create the best that the vintage has to offer. In 2007 we chose to blend two barrels of Kestrel Vineyards Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon, two barrels of Kestrel Vineyards Malbec, one barrel of Olsen Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon and one barrel of Olsen Vineyards Cabernet Franc. The resulting Bordeaux style blend created a superior wine with unbelievable depth and breadth. This old world creation is velvety smooth and bursting with ripe fruit flavors.
The color is intense black cherry, finishing to black at its core. The aroma is supported by generous quantities of sweet black cherries, blackberries, black currants, blueberry jam, and elderberry. The fruit elements are perfectly balanced with dried herbs, tea, clove, nutmeg, cigar box, cocoa, cedar and a hint of floral. This wine has exceptionally rich flavors, complemented by ample body, velvety smooth tannins and a lingering finish.