For those whose TVs remain off on Sunday afternoon, Luke Donald is a PGA golfer, and Luke Donald Collection is his new wine label. Produced in the Rutherford region of Napa Valley (and blended from grapes grown throughout Napa), the otherwise unnamed Luke Donald Collection red is a Bordeaux-style blend of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot.
The taste of this dark, dark purple wine is exceptional, bursting with red fruit — cherries, raspberry — and just the barest hint of tannin to add depth. This is a very silky wine, ready for immediate drinking despite its relatively young age. It’s clearly a new world red — no hint of terroir in this one — but it’s a great example of what clever blending can do with a classic Claret set of grapes.
A / $40 / terlatowines.com
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