It is cliché to say that I saved the best for last and frankly all of the MOTTO wines are well worth the experience yet in my mind when I compare the current review bottle to others in its family the cliché’ rings true. In this case the last is the MOTTO “Gung Ho” Red Blend 2013 which like the “Backbone” Cab Sauv and “Unabashed” Zinfandel are sourced from California grapes and also like those wines is a real treat to experience. This blend of 60% Zinfandel, 23% Petit Verdot and 17% Petite Sirah is tantalizing wine that touches most of the sensual cues our body provides us. That quality makes this a wine that will appeal to most people and will fit the bill for a number of occasions a reflective moment alone, a get together among friends or an evening with someone special, Valentine Day is just around the corner folks.
Begin the journey with appreciating the visual character of this wine, looking through the glass shows a dark and inky liquid in the center of the glass with a pretty purple red color at the edge when viewed through sunlight. Swirl around the glass and you are quickly hit in the nostrils with a bouquet of black cherry and raspberry. The flavor profile is blue and raspberries that move across the palate into a touch of coffee bean and chocolate finishing with a spiciness that creates a lip smacking “zing” and lingering cherry aftertaste. That may sound a bit complex and to fully appreciate this wine requires some time savoring in the mouth. Taking time to is easy to do as the package of flavor comes wrapped in a smooth viscous mouth feel that is pleasant to roll around and allow time to touch four of the five senses, visual, smell, taste and touch.
Like the other three MOTTO wines their 2013 MOTTO “Gung Ho” Red Blend is fairly easy to find on store shelves as well as the wine list of several Southwest Florida eateries. Total Wine and More in Fort Myers lists it at $11.99 and it is also available for a little more money at the Sanibel grocery standards Bailey’s and Jerry’s. If you are looking for a glass with a meal consider traveling south of town to Marsala Pizza and Italian in Estero or venture further down to Naples and check out the Boston Beer Garden, The Beach Club, Wynns At The Zoo or Shane’s Cabana Bar. Bottom line, I have tried to rein in my enthusiasm for this wine, though admittedly with little success unlike the successful effort this winemaker has made in the bottle. Try it and see for this holiday season and beyond.