The 2012 Fog Head Red Wine is a blend of mostly Merlot and Syrah sourced from more than one California grape growing AVA. Fog Head is one of DFV (Delicato Family Vineyards) stable of wine labels, they also produce Gnarly Head, BraZin, Twisted and Bota Box, along with several others. The technical notes for the Fog Head are exceedingly vague, they mention Coastal influences for the grapes, but no mention of the where they were grown, other than simply, California. Merlot and Syrah are referenced, but no mention of the percentage of the blend and what other grapes were used and they name check vanilla in the tasting notes and while vanilla is a favor imparted by oak, there is no mention of oak barrels for aging. The 2012 grape harvest in California was generally outstanding, so with a little luck, what is in my glass will say more about the Fog Head Red than their literature. The alcohol content is 13.5%.
The color is crimson red with black highlights. The nose is raspberry, cherry, a little spice, a touch of vanilla and the faint scent of fudge brownies. The Fog Head Red is a tasty, jammy, but not out of balance, blend. It tastes of black cherry, strawberry, a slight grip from the tannins, a slap of creamy vanilla, a late brush of soft Altoid’s spice and a final splash of blueberry. Many $10 Red wines have the tannins softened to the point where you barely notice they are there, but the Fog Head Red shows its tannins like a wine is supposed to. Nothing jarring or off-putting, it is just that this inexpensive Red has some old school structure. The finish is full and of decent length.
The 2012 Fog Head Red is an honest glass of Red wine. There are ripe fruit flavors, a good balance of tannins and acidity and a decent finish, in other words a proper glass of wine. There is nothing particularly outstanding about this Red Blend, it is not one of those “tastes like $20 but sells for $10” wines, ten bucks is a good price for the Fog Head. But, for $10, you get a solid bottle of wine that will pair well with burgers, steak fajitas or deep dish pizza and drinks real well out on the patio when neighbors stop by.