At a reception tonight, the most delicious red wine was tapped from a 3.85-gallon German-engineered, stainless steel *KEG*. Launched three and a half weeks ago, initial distribution is limited to Northern California, so I'm posting about Más Wine Company's 2004 Tuscan-style red, VINO, on this board.
A blend of 56% Mendocino County Cabernet Sauvignon and 37% Napa Sangiovese, plus a smattering of other red grape varieties, this red shows much more finesse and breed than any of the bag-in-box reds I've tried to date. Beautiful red currant and cherry nose, an intense mid-palate with bouncy red fruit, a faint oak spice tone, juicy acidity and soft tannin, and carrying through to a medium-long finish and chocolatey aftertaste. The wine weighs in at 14.5% alcohol, yet is medium-bodied and feels very lively and refreshing in the mouth. It's quite approachable and quaffable now, and a pleasure to drink. Served with a Washington State cheese that reminded me of Chimay, it was my favorite red of a couple dozen sampled tonight and the most food-friendly of the lot on this warm evening.
The Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa offers the keg at retail for $165, plus a refundable deposit for the keg and tap. The keg holds 19.4 - 750ml bottles, which comes out to about $8.50 per bottle. The quality of the wine is equivalent to bottled wines more than twice the price. The company says that the nitrogen cartridge in the keg will keep the wine fresh for 60 days. I was told the full keg weighs about 45 pounds.
Mas Vino would be a terrific party wine. And, it's sure to be a hit for restaurants and bars.
Image of the keg -
Restaurants and bars that serve Mas Vino -