The Daring Escape 2013 California Red is just that—daring. Coming from a vintage that revered critic Robert Parker called “a game changer,” and Wine Spectator Magazine called it “golden” for the Golden State this wine is bold but well-balanced. With strong flavors of cherry, plum, and raspberry the Daring Escape is accented with light notes of sage, olive, and a kiss of smoke for a well-rounded red. Taking the best grapes from all over California veteran winemaker Joe Otos has made another classic.
Joe Otos is a genius of California wine, creating blends and varietals that convey the unique identity of each of the state’s finest appellations. With over 25 gold medals to his name in the past year, Joe’s deep knowledge of California’s distinct microclimates and terroirs is evident in every sip.
For each wine, Joe selects grapes from the unique California soils best suited for each varietal. Winemaking is a treasure hunt searching all of CA from the coastal vineyards of the Central Coast to the mountainous jagged coastline of northern California - this Merlot takes into account the best that the Golden State has to offer.
Dark garnet with lighter edges, this 2013 California Red shows its age with fruit forward flavors that are balanced by the hint of smoke. The light touch of sage and olive make it ideal for pairing with bread and cheeses.
Ingredients: 81.9% Merlot, 4.52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3.56% Barbera, 2.65% Ruby Cabernet, 1.60% Grenache, 1.34% Petite Syrah, 0.95% Zinfandel, 0.87% Syrah, 0.76% Carignane, 0.66% Rubired, 0.25% Tempranillo, 0.21% Sangiovese, 0.17% Cab Franc, 0.11% Carignane, 0.11% Lagrien, 0.10% Centurion, 0.08% Alicante Bouchet, 0.26% Dry Red
Awards: Sunset International Wine Competition: bronze medal: 2017, North Of The Gate: Silver Medal: 2017, New York International Wine Competition: Gold Medal: 2017, New York International Wine Competition: California Gewurztraminer Wine of the Year: 2017