Created as a seasonal release, this “smooth red blend” ups the ante for a “sweet-but-not-too-sweet” category. With the majority of its grapes sourced from the Lodi region, the blend predominantly consists of Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, and Pinot Noir. Notes of perfumed jasmine show complexity, melding with a delicious fudge cake aroma that translates right to the palate. At 14.5% ABV, this wine is balanced and food friendly: Its acid structure is just right for its richness factor. A wash of caramel along with ripe, dense cherries and plums stretches the fun to a plush finish.