2014 Bootleg Red Blend: Illicit Quality

Though to “bootleg” means to hide contraband, or illegally make something, the 2014

Bootleg Red Wine offers nothing but transparency. A kitchen sink blend of Syrah,

Merlot, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Verdot, the fruit is mainly from Napa

with about 13% of it coming from Mendocino. There’s a rustic, almost unfinished quality

to this, a sense of hand worked and not company-made. It’s full of blackberry, blueberry,

cocoa powder, red raspberry, rough and tumble tannins and a slight edginess. It’s

nonetheless a quality wine, deep and rich but big and structured so as to almost belie the

acidity and quiet elements going on in the background, including anise, black cherry and

mocha. Hearty and heartfelt, there’s no need to hide this wine.

What’s Its SRP? $38/ 750ML

1,986 cases+

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Michael Cervin

Michael Cervin is Bonfort's Wine Editor. He is the author of eight books including California Wine County) and he contributes and spirits articles to various publications including Robb Report, Forbes Travel Guides, The Hollywood Reporter, Old Liquors Magazine (Netherlands), The Whiskey Reviewer, The Tasting Panel, Fine Wine & Liquor Magazine (China), Decanter (London), Sommelier Journal, IntoWine.com, and many others. He is also professional wine and spirits judge serving at the Taste of Rum Festival in Puerto Rico, The Best of Vinho Verde Awards in Portugal, The Critics Challenge, San Diego Wine & Spirits Challenge, and San Diego Spirits and Cocktail Festival, The Central Cost Wine Competition, The San Francisco International Wine Competition, The California State Fair, and others. He is currently the wine buyer for the Santa Barbara Airport.