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14 Hands Hot to Trot 2009 Red Blend

2011 August 13
by Eric Hwang

The first time I had a 14 Hands wine was at a restaurant. It was a really tasty Merlot and when I went to buy some in the store, I found out that they’re only carried in restaurants. That was over 5 years ago and over the years, I’ve been able to find their wine at the most unexpected times. This time, it was in Costco while I was shopping for party food. I looked at the label hoping to find out more about the wine, but there’s nothing about what is blended into it. I just know it’s from Washington State so that gives it some rather wide latitude.

The 2009 Hot to Trot is a bit young, but if you like fruit-forward reds and an easy drinking wine, this is the wine for you. A vibrant ruby red color is followed by aromas of blackberries and tart plums. It wasn’t overly complex with generous dark cherry flavors and just a touch of soft fruit tannins to add interest. The finish is rather smooth with a some chocolate overtones. It would be a great party wine and reminds me of another fruit bomb I’ve worked with in the past. Best of all, the price was only $8. 14 Hands is located in Paterson, WA so your local Costco may not carry this, but if you’re in the Seattle area, you should be able to find it.

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  1. October 10, 2011

    I’ve been walking by bottles of 14 hands wine at Safeway for a month now and every time I think about getting it. Something about the label grabs me- It reminds me of riding my Dad’s horses when I was a kid. There are definitely times when I can go for a fruit forward wine and I always enjoy blackberry flavors in my wine. And that is a smoking good price- I’ll have to check if my Costco carries it too. Cheers!

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