Sparkman Wilderness Red Blend 2007
Wine AdvocateThe entry-level 2007 Wilderness Red Table Wine, a blend of 29% Syrah, 20% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, with the balance Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, and Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from several AVAs and 10 vineyards. Medium crimson-colored, it shows off aromas of smoke, incense, herbs, leather, cassis, and plum. Medium-bodied, sweetly-fruited, and easy-going, this tasty offering has good balance and a fruit-filled finish. Drink it over the next 6-8 years.
Wine EnthusiastWilderness is Chris Sparkman's most affordable and most available wine, a mix of all the barrels and vineyards that go into his other reds. It is forward, loaded with mixed red and black fruits, and lusciously chocolaty. What it does not have is the focus of the other wines; this one's a lap dog, and wants to lick you all over.