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TOP 5 WINES YOU SHOULD TRY BEFORE 19 CRIMES

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TOP 5 WINES YOU SHOULD TRY BEFORE 19 CRIMES

WHAT IS 19 CRIMES WINE?

You all know the bottles, the frosted glass ones with various photo fits on the label showing criminals from a bygone era. Nineteen Crimes wine is everywhere from supermarket shelves to garage forecourts to discount stores. Mostly Aussie and mostly red, although the rosé’s become more visible now the temperatures have shot up. The upshot is that this is a successful MONSTER brand that’s made it big not only here in the UK, but in the US too.

Now we’re not knocking it, although I have to say one or two of the more ‘experimental’ wines are a bit questionable. “The Uprising” finished in used rum barrels and “The Deported” infused with coffee are taking the wines somewhere they probably shouldn’t go!

'The Deported' coffee infused red, available on Amazon. No thanks!

If you’re a fan of these big jam-fests and spicy beasts, these next five wines are well worth a look and we can promise you that no sugar cane or coffee beans went anywhere near the cellars other than in the winemaker’s mug.

TOP 5 WINES YOU SHOULD TRY BEFORE 19 CRIMES

Wine #1 “The Unknown” ‘Incanto’ Frappato, Baglio Gibellina (Sicily)

If you want crime, you’ve found it here at Europe’s most notorious hotspot. The offence in question is that this grape variety isn’t better known. Frappato is native to Sicily and makes a super juicy red wine loaded with purple fruits and is silkier than a wedding gown boutique. If you want to enjoy it like those Mafia dons, serve it chilled and watch it disappear faster than said Mafia don’s Lambo!

Wine #2 “The Impersonator” Mont Rocher Vieilles Vignes Malbec (Languedoc)

Is it an offence to impersonate a famous wine style? Some would argue that it’s a compliment. Considering that Malbec originated in south-west France and wound up setting Argentina ablaze, I think we can forgive the guys behind Mont Rocher for crafting this belter over in the vast Languedoc Roussillon region. The colour of ink, this teeth-stainer lives up to its reputation but doesn’t wallop you with tannin like its cousin in Cahors. There’s plenty of spice though and it’ll comfortably murder everything other than red meat.

Wine #3 “The Thief” Bella Modella Primitivo (Puglia, Italy)

Don’t be tricked by the pretty butterfly on the label, this master of disguise will have your watch off your wrist and your credit card racked up (with purchases) before you can say “Saluti”. Primitivo, aka Zinfandel in the US, is currently being pursued by Interpol for inflicting its southern Italian charm and decking its victims with its trademark fistful of warming, super-ripe red fruits. This wine’s more suave than a young Vito Corleone.

Wine #4 “The Deceiver” Umbrele Syrah (Romania)

Is it Syrah or Shiraz? In this case it’s Syrah but as they’re one and the same, we’ll accuse this one of deception. Either way, those clever people in Romania have taken the famous grape from France (where it’s known as Syrah) and Oz (where it’s known as Shiraz) and made a smoky, peppery fruit-fest with tannins like soft leather that gives a nod to both nations. This is the kind of two-faced behaviour that’s perfectly acceptable!

Wine #5 “The Trickster” Castillo de Eneriz Reserva (Navarra, Spain)

Another imitator, this time of its neighbour Rioja, but it has the power, gluggability and vanilla spice that you’ll also find in those frosted bottles. The biggest crime being committed here is the giveaway price for the quality of what’s inside the bottle. A Reserva no less, that’s been aged in real oak casks for 18 months which adds plenty of subtle spice. Drink this if you like the 19 Crimes Cabernet Sauvignon as there’s a decent whack of Cabernet in here too.

 

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