Review: Ammunition Wines, Bourbon, and Rye

Review: Ammunition Wines, Bourbon, and Rye

Windsor, California-based Daylight Wine & Spirits is a uncommon operation that features each winemaking and distillation operations. The 2 are interlinked: Its latest whiskeys are sourced merchandise (each from MGP) which are completed in Daylight’s personal wine barrels. Every part is bottled underneath the model title of Ammunition (with some spin-off labels additionally within the combine). Right now we take a look at three wines and two whiskeys from the operation. Let’s pop some corks!

2016 Ammunition “The Equalizer” Crimson Mix – A kooky mix of fifty% syrah, 24% merlot, 11% cabernet franc, 9% petite sirah, and 6% mourvedre. No bones about it, this Sonoma County-born wine is a brash, aggressive expertise that requires a sure mind set to even method with any degree of sanity. Thick with unctuous notes of raspberry jam, brambly blackberry, raisin, and Mexican chocolate, the sweetness is off the charts on this wine, ending with a gummy, nearly saccharine expertise that winds up nearer to Port than desk wine. On the similar time, there’s ample tannin within the mix, which may mood issues, if solely only a bit. Deal with this like an aggressive zinfandel and also you may end up in manageable territory. C- / $25

2016 Ammunition Cabernet Sauvignon Founder’s Reserve Russian River Valley – That is traditional California cab, wealthy with currants, plums, and a few spiced chocolate notes, all in a swirl of woody vanilla and delicate tannin. A vivid cherry word pops because the wine develops on the palate and end, brightening up the physique in what may in any other case have develop into a bit overbearing with darker fruit parts. Followers of wealthy and opulent cabs can be completely at house right here.  A- / $60

2017 Ammunition Badgerhound Zinfandel Sonoma County – There’s a cartoon canine on the label of this wine, which ought to let you know one thing to start out issues off. This can be a considerably unusual expression of zin, surprisingly beefy and savory, tinged with notes of cherry juice and purple raisin notes — and touched with surprisingly pungent natural parts — suppose pizza oregano — on the end. Whereas the canine on the label seems like he’s prepared for a pleasant sauerbraten, serving this alongside a greasy slice of pepperoni pizza might be nearer to what was in thoughts for this bottling — a job which right here is accomplished with reasonable success. B- / $18

Ammunition Straight Bourbon Completed in Cabernet Sauvignon Barrels – This can be a mix of two, 3 and 4 12 months outdated MGP four-grain bourbon (60% corn, 25% wheat, 10% rye, 5% malted barley), completed for a minimum of 3 months in wine barrels which beforehand held a number of vintages of Ammunition Cabernet Sauvignon. This has the brash graininess of younger bourbon, heavy with barrel char on the nostril plus ample notes of cloves and well-roasted peanuts. Hints of dill are evident right here, however they’re lighthanded. The palate affords no actual surprises, although it kicks off with a beefy word earlier than pushing into sweeter territory — some butterscotch and vanilla — plus a contact of herbaceousness that lingers into the tannin-heavy end. A bit sizzling, but brooding with earthiness on the again finish. It’s actually younger stuff, however it does present promise. 90 proof. B+ / $30

Ammunition Straight Rye Completed in Pinot Noir Barrels – This can be a mix of two, 3 and 4 12 months outdated MGP rye (95% rye, 5% barley), completed for a minimum of 3 months in wine barrels which beforehand held a number of vintages of Ammunition Pinot Noir. Clearly winey on the nostril, there’s ample notes of blackberry and baking spice, mingling with a savory layer of barrel char and roast beef. The palate presents a a lot milder expertise than anticipated, first hitting with a few of that baking spice and a cherry word, then folding in pepper, cloves, and extra of that barrel char. It’s clearly younger whiskey however the wine barrel does an excellent job at masking that to some extent — although it typically comes throughout as a bit doctored as an alternative of complementary. The end is a living proof, its spice notes and butterscotch parts blended surprisingly with a hunk of beefy steak. 90 proof. B- / $30

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