Miles from Nowhere: 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot // Petit Verdot

Oh, MERLOT.jpg

I didn't think my first post would be on a Merlot (much less, a Cab Sauv/Merlot MIX), but here we are and here we go. I received this wine from my dear friend Spencer who occasionally graciously mails me wine.

Honestly, I am so impressed with this wine. I've never had a lot of merlot before, and never had cab merlot in particular. So if you want to log off right now, I am not here to stop you. 

You logging off rn because you have had cab merlot and probably know all this stuff already

You logging off rn because you have had cab merlot and probably know all this stuff already

So honestly, this wine to me is perfect for the red wine lover who wants to spice things up without getting something way too heavy/tanin-y. This will keep you from that. It's a good safe mix. It has a long finish without making you feel like you didn't swallow or like it's stuck in your throat. You can easily take another sip and go "Oh yea! That was awesome! Let's do that again!" vs some red wines where you take one sip and you are basically exhausted, sweating, or some combination of both. Also plus: You can easily taste how fruit-forward this is. It's not a mystery. Fruits you'll find here are berry fruits, as well as some YUMMY plum action going on in the glass. It's like a little fruit party was going on the glass, and you got a VIP invite to hang with them.

This wine is perfect for when you don’t want just another cab, want something you can drink on its own just as easily with your dinner, or something that will go with that late night murder mystery series you are secretly binging. 

This wine, like basically most wine, is already more well traveled than me and is originally from somewhere insanely beautiful: The Margaret River, in Australia. Now, learning about the Margaret River will make you angry because it will remind you a) that Australia, which you have probably not been to yet, is INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL AND PURE, and you are very behind on making a trip to visit it  and b) that you secretly wished you had a pet kangaroo.

Admit it, you know I'm right here. 

For real though, look at this place: 

OH NO BIG DEAL, JUST RIDING HORSES IN THE CRYSTAL CLEAR OCEAN, AS ONE DOES  (Photo cred: http://www.globetrotting.com.au/galleries/the-margaret-river-ride/ )

OH NO BIG DEAL, JUST RIDING HORSES IN THE CRYSTAL CLEAR OCEAN, AS ONE DOES

(Photo cred: http://www.globetrotting.com.au/galleries/the-margaret-river-ride/ )

Look at these kangaroos chillin in the vineyard. LOOK AT THEM. I want them allllllll  Photo cred: https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/05/concentration-and-generosity-define-margaret-river-chardonnay/

Look at these kangaroos chillin in the vineyard. LOOK AT THEM. I want them allllllll

Photo cred: https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/05/concentration-and-generosity-define-margaret-river-chardonnay/

The Margaret River is synonymous with world class vineyards, and this amazing article by the Guardian perfectly encapsulates why this region is a world renown center for Australian wine. In just a couple generations, Margaret River has become a defining landmark of Western Australia's wine landscape, creating exceptional wines of multiple varieties, with no sign of stopping any time soon. 

 McHenry Hohnen vinyards at Margaret River, Western Australia.   (Photo cred: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/nov/20/margaret-river-wine-route-western-australia)

 McHenry Hohnen vinyards at Margaret River, Western Australia. 

(Photo cred: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/nov/20/margaret-river-wine-route-western-australia)

Miles from Nowhere is an intriguing name all on its own, and, after some mild research, I discovered this lovely tidbit from Cracka Wine Library about the vineyard and founders: 

"Miles From Nowhere is the phoenix that rose out of the ashes of Evans & Tate wines. The founders, Frank and Heather Tate, created Miles from Nowhere in 2007 in the Margaret River, W.A. It consists of 20-hectares of vines strewn throughout the region (hence the name Miles From Nowhere) planted to Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Frank Tate took up the winemaking reins in this new venture together with young ‘up and comer’ Jodie Opie. Their goal has always been to produce wines that express their Margaret River environment in a fruit-driven, textured and complex way. Stylistically, they vary from minimally oaked, nectarine inspired Chardonnays to a three year old, cassis and choc-mint Cabernet Sauvignon."
IMG_2170-2.jpg

This wine for me gets an A+. Not expensive, not confusing, and you will for sure want a second bottle of this ready to go in your wine rack. So grab a bottle, get a good murder mystery series, and relax. 

You, after one glass of this yummy wine

You, after one glass of this yummy wine

If you made it this far in the review: CHEERS friend, you are a true homie. Thank you for being one of the first readers of Drawn to Wine! Stay tuned for more wine, more gifs, and hopefully something new to learn.