I was first attracted to Smith Devereaux “3” California red blend because of the story behind the wine. (I can never resist a good story, especially about music and wine). Smith Devereaux founder Steve Smith has a background in music while co-founder Ian Devereaux (aka “Dev”) has the wine industry experience. Within weeks after meeting, they stood backstage at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, CA, shook hands, and began their journey into the world of wine. This unusual pairing seems to work.
We recently tasted a bottle of 2016 “3” California red blend (purchased through the California Wine Club $15.99 alc. 14.1%). A blend of syrah and zinfandel, it had a nice ruby red color in the glass with aromas of chocolate, plum, and oak. Tasting the wine, it was full bodied with notes of dark fruit and spice, light tannins and slightly acidic, with a long soft butter and cherry finish. It was an overall pleasant and easy to drink wine that would pair well with pizza or grilled marinated red meats.
The number “3” on the label is a tribute to the three founders of the company. Third partner, John Anthony Truchard owns JaM Cellars tasting room in Downtown Napa, CA. That’s where most of the Smith Devereaux tastings take place. They also offer choose-your-own-adventure wine tasting experiences including private in-home meet-the-owner tastings. They’re very enthusiastic about providing creative and engaging opportunities to learn more about their limited production hand crafted wines and which foods to pair with them.
I would purchase this easy drinking wine again and serve it to guests for a casual Saturday evening dinner. Wine Enthusiast gives it 89 points.
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