Since I had Friday off and an entire weekend of not going anywhere, I did some work in the wine room - processed some bottles, bottled about 22 gallons of wine (11 gallons each of the Bordeaux blend and a WE Luna Bianca). Gave me an opportunity to do some tasting.
I tasted the Bordeaux Blend, the Sonoma Blend, the Northern Rhone Blend and the WE Luna Bianca.
The Luna was its usual pleasant self. No surprises there (which is a really good thing, btw). It's about 5 months old and made its way to the bottle during some down time yesterday. 11 gallons gave me about 56 bottles.
The Forte Bordeaux blend was surprisingly sedate. Tasted fine and pretty well smoothed out. But I was expecting more dark berry than I got. Then again, it could be just the ebb and flow. The wine is about 9 months old, and I added oak in the secondary. I lost a bottle when I moved the wine off the floor and into the rack (slipped out of my hand and broke on the concrete floor). I'll leave it be for a few months before sampling it again.
The Forte Sonoma Blend was a bit brighter. It's only about 5 months old and there's a lot of big wine blended in here (Zin, PS and Syrah). So, it's got a little ways to go to wear the rough edges. I've got 12 gallons of that.
The surprise of the reds was the Northern Rhone Blend. This is the Syrah with a bit of Chardonnay and Riesling. A happy wine with a big, round dark fruit taste. Very young at only 4 months old (it's sitting on oak now). I will likely rack it and get it in the bottle in another 3 months. I didn't know what to expect with this one and only got a 6 gallon kit. I may need to get more.