The 2010 FLO Red wine is an unspecified Red wine blend made in partnership with FLO (For the Love Of) Wine and Delicato Family Vineyards. Delicato Family Vineyards has been a family owned winery for over 80 years and some of their brands you may be familiar with are Gnarly Head, Bota Box and Brazin. FLO Wines is a project put together by musician, Marcus Johnson, not as a side project, but as a further extension of his music. There are FLO Wines, FLO cd’s and Flofest (along with any other projects he will conjure up), all projects he is passionate about, all interrelated, all designed to create a mood, a vibe. Helping the world chill-out with great music and fine glass of wine is a noble project, if you ask me. This Red blend was aged in American and French oak barrels and the alcohol content is 13.5%.
The wine is a see-thru black cherry red with strawberry red highlights. The nose is blackberry, with a little strawberry fruit roll-ups, fresh plums, chocolate and a whiff of new mown hay. It starts off soft and smooth, but not jammy, blueberry mixed with black cherry hit first, then a little dusty cocoa powder. The mid palate brings a touch of creamy vanilla, orange peel, pomegranate and a late, light splash of curry spice. The flavors are subdued and balanced, nothing jumps out, everything has its place, its balance. The tannins are sweet and soft, there is a good dose of acidity that puts a shine on the flavors and helps the soft finish hang around for a while.
The 2010 FLO Red Blend is a $10 wine that is very worthy of your consideration. Balance and length are not words you usually throw around for a ten buck Red blend, but the Flo Red has those qualities, not the French version of balance and length, more of an All American Californian version of balance and length. Pull up a comfortable lounger, toss a log into the fire-pit, throw the FLO Chill cd on the player and let the wine and tunes take you away.