PRELUDE TO CAJUN: THE GUILD CONFERENCE PRELIMINARY WITH THE CULPRIT RED

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As a member of the Wine & Spirits Guild of America, the Party Source deals a great deal with wines exclusive to the WSGA.  And one of those wines is The Culprit Red North Coast 2011.  Its reputation for being very similar in style to Orin Swift’s The Prisoner has always been a curiosity to me, and while I was unable to try the 2010 (which was from Sonoma juice, not North Coast like the current vintage), I found this wine to be the antithesis of the Prisoner, with more linear red fruits, light white pepper and a rather austere finish.  It was actually a little one-dimensional, but still possessed the kind of sweet red fruits that fans of the Apothic Red or the Prisoner would enjoy.  Grade=Good.  Fans of the 2010 may be disappointed but it is still a solid value.

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