Michael-David Winery is known for producing stand-out wines, with packaging to match.
For a long time, I have always loved their Petite Petit. I realized that the past year, I had written about my love for the elephant-emblazoned bottle quite a few times, so I felt it was time to branch out to a different vine and try the other wines from this Lodi, Ca. winery.
Enter Freakshow! This is a blend, a cabernet sauvignon with some petit sirah blended in, and it's aged around 20 months in French oak. This was my first time trying Freakshow and all I can say is "wow."
It has aromas of dark cherries and spices with hints of currants, blackberry, oak and vanilla and is ABV 14.5%.
I served it with this dish: Seared scallops on basil-tangerine fettucini that I got from Pappardelle's booth at the farmer's market, with homemade basil and parsley pesto. I thought it paired well with the dish because there is a lot of deep flavor to the wine, but it didn't overpower the the scallops here.
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Have you tried Freakshow yet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!