Brian’s Wine Wednesday: 19 Crimes Red Wine | Lite Rock 105

19 Crimes VertIf you read these reviews, you have probably noticed that I love a bargain. It’s easy to spend a lot of money and score a great wine. It’s harder to find a pleasant, drinkable wine for $7 a bottle, so when I find one, I’m always excited to tell you about it. This is one of those times.

19 Crimes is an Australian red blend that comes in an interesting bottle, with a black and white picture of a British rogue on the label. The 19 crimes of the title refers to the number of violations committed in colonial Britain that would result in you being sentenced to live in Australia, rather than death. They called it “punishment by transportation,” but it was a new beginning for the tough prisoners who made it to shore. The wine “celebrates the rules they broke and the culture they built. It would be a crime not to drink it!” ~ Winery notes

Like many Aussie wines, it is mostly Shiraz, and certainly on the lighter side. More tart than sweet fruit, with aromas of cranberry and plum. The taste reminded me a little of Ludens wild cherry cough drops, mixed with vanilla and cinnamon. Juicy, slightly tart, easy to drink and only $7 a bottle. This wine is a winner.

3.5-corksOn my five-cork scale based on taste and value, I give 19 Crimes Red Blend 3.5 corks!

It’s also on the wine list at Tavolo Wine Bar and Tuscan Grille in Smithfield! If you’d like to try interesting wines like this at our next Wine Wednesday Tasting Party there, click here to win a spot on the guest list!

Brian Demay

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