I’ve been following Middle Sister wines on Twitter for a while, so when I saw the Rebel Red on sale at Raley’s ($8.99!), I had to pick up a bottle. After tasting it, I’ll be going back for more while it’s still on sale.
I’m the youngest of three sisters, and my middle sister thinks I’m spoiled. (Whatever! She flew under the radar because I was always the one in trouble!) I was intrigued by a winery that pays homage to birth order and the peculiarities of sisterhood. I’m not sure which of The Girls my sisters and I fit, but I hope I’m Forever Cool or a Rebel Red. Tonight I tried the Rebel Red, and yes, that’s what I want to be.
Rebel Red is that point in the road where fruity and acidic cross with smoky and chocolatey. The intersection is where the best of those flavors blend, and that’s what you have here. It’s not thin and fruity like a pinot noir, nor is it a heavy, smoky cabernet. It’s not a berry-forward merlot or a spicy zin. It’s none of those; it’s a rebel.
I admit I really like smoky, spicy, chocolately reds. So I was surprised by how much I liked the initial burst of cherry in this red, followed by a smooth smoke and espresso. Ooh, how rebellious!