2009 Jarhead Red
Jarhead Red is a wine on a mission to support the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. True to its name, Jarhead Red boasts a robust character with rich black fruit flavors and a finish that doesn’t quit. This is the 10th vintage of Jarhead Red since the inaugural vintage of 1999.
Tasting NotesThe 2009 Jarhead Red begins with warm aromas of dried cherry, plum, coffee and cinnamon. The palate is robust yet supple, unfolding with flavors of black cherry, raspberry and cassis. An appealing earthy note joins juicy tannins on a long, balanced finish. This boldly flavored wine is a perfect match for classic American fare, such as peppered steak, barbecued chicken and grilled sausage.
Vineyard & ProcessThe 2009 Jarhead Red comes exclusively from the Firestone family’s estate vineyards in Santa Barbara County’s Santa Ynez Valley. Small-lot winemaking methods were applied with an emphasis on crafting a bold yet approachable wine. Prior to blending, the individual lots were aged in French oak for 16 months. The Cabernet Franc (69%) brings intensity and structure to the wine, while the Mourvèdre (27%) and Cinsault (4%) contribute added texture and complexity.
Final Analysis & Stats
Aged for 16 months in French oak