2008 York Creek "MXB" Spring Mountain District Red Blend (Previously $24)

SKU #1146580

An inky, black-fruited wine that takes its name from the grape-grower's term for the old school field blend: Mixed Blacks. York Creek's MXB is a Zin-based wine that comes from the Spring Mountain District, and it has all that heady mountain fruit, firm tannins and oak spice.

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By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/15/2013  | Send Email
A serious crowd pleaser. Big rich fruit, with lots of power and concentration. Spice, fine ripe tannins, a good dense but silky texture on the palate. All of these things make the wine sound a little one dimensional and super-ripe, and yet there are enough savory nuances and balance here to set it apart from the simple, jammy, fruit bombs of the world. There's plenty of easy juicy fruit for the not so discriminating party guests, but also enough complexity and layers for the more discerning palate.

By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/11/2013  | Send Email
Fortunately for us and for you all, the goodies from York Creek continue to come our way. This is the most approachable and fruit forward of the wines we've had, but keep in mind that this is still York Creek and of course there is structure and grit and lots of character on display here. For a fuller bodied $16 red, there is very little (if anything?) around that is as delicious and satisfying as the York Creek MXB.

By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/11/2013  | Send Email
Juicy, easy to drink, and quite delicious. Black and red fruits abound! A crowd-pleaser, to be sure!

By: Bryan Brick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/11/2013  | Send Email
I think by now everyone has gotten the back story on the wines from York Creek and why they have been so successful for us here at K&L. If not, or if you just need a reminder, the short version is that we are working with the winery directly to exclusively bring you their incredible wines for insanely affordable prices. Up until now we’ve focused on the Cabernet based blends from the winery but we’ve always loved the other varietals they produce as well and we are not the only ones, Ridge Vineyards has made Petite Sirah since 1971 and Zinfandel since 1975 from this vineyard. This “MXB” bottling is from a field blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane, Barbera and Grenache and is just delicious. Big fruit driven aromatics of boysenberry are countered by spicier notes of licorice and white pepper on the nose. Juicy and broad with plenty of fruit this wine is super versatile with round blueberry, vanilla, mocha, sage, cola and black raspberry flavors. If you’re looking for a great mid-week/party/table red that over delivers and is of the utmost quality for well under $20 look no further. (As a side note, we bought all the cases left at the winery so once this is gone, which shouldn’t be long, it will be gone for good!)

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Varietal:

Other Red Wines

Country:

United States

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California

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Napa Valley

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