Dark Horse Wines

The Original No. 01 A California Big Red Blend

8.6927 ratings
8.65 pro ratings
California, USA
Red Blend
Game, Baking Spices, Duck, Goose, Potato, Chili & Hot Spicy, White Rice, Exotic Spices, Pasta, Herbs, Beans & Peas, Onion, Chicken, Pork, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Soft Cheese, Mushrooms, Tomato-Based, Turkey, Veal, Hard Cheese
Top Notes For
Karyn Insler

I was intrigued by the label! Very pleasantly surprised! Richer than expected - juicy and velvety smooth with a nice dryness.

I was intrigued by the label! Very pleasantly surprised! Richer than expected - juicy and velvety smooth with a nice dryness.

18 people found it helpfulOct 19th, 2014
Elise Hart

First impression: nice fruity aroma, definitely needs a little time to breathe. Much fuller after a few minutes. Smooth and not overpowering, nice lingering aftertaste.

First impression: nice fruity aroma, definitely needs a little time to breathe. Much fuller after a few minutes. Smooth and not overpowering, nice lingering aftertaste.

8 people found it helpfulMay 24th, 2015
Joe DeStasio

Excellent value for a great tasting red. One of my favorites for an "anytime" wine or to bring to a friend's house for dinner.

Excellent value for a great tasting red. One of my favorites for an "anytime" wine or to bring to a friend's house for dinner.

7 people found it helpfulSep 1st, 2014
Joel Abbott

Yummy! Velvety and dark. Plummy, smoky, deep. Great with a fall menu--roast beef, brussels sprouts, leek and potato soup... Perfect match.

Yummy! Velvety and dark. Plummy, smoky, deep. Great with a fall menu--roast beef, brussels sprouts, leek and potato soup... Perfect match.

6 people found it helpfulOct 17th, 2014
David Bourke

Booooooo

Booooooo

4 people found it helpfulMay 8th, 2014
Greg Parrish

Very nice affordable blend.

Very nice affordable blend.

2 people found it helpfulOct 14th, 2014
Peter Prizio

Pretty solid for 8 bucks...reminds me of a super tuscan but without the structure and depth. Fruit...if you like CA blends and want something drinkable

Pretty solid for 8 bucks...reminds me of a super tuscan but without the structure and depth. Fruit...if you like CA blends and want something drinkable

1 person found it helpfulMay 13th, 2017
Josh Rutherford

Nice aromas, heavy on the dark fruit. Oak toast tends to linger a bit longer than other aromas and flavors. Touts "plush tannins" on the label, but it feels a bit forced and unnatural. Residual sugar is a little high for my tastes, but a lot of California red blend drinkers would likely enjoy it. Interesting and not terrible, but not something I'm likely to buy again.

Nice aromas, heavy on the dark fruit. Oak toast tends to linger a bit longer than other aromas and flavors. Touts "plush tannins" on the label, but it feels a bit forced and unnatural. Residual sugar is a little high for my tastes, but a lot of California red blend drinkers would likely enjoy it. Interesting and not terrible, but not something I'm likely to buy again.

1 person found it helpfulJul 7th, 2015
Todd A
9.1

Super smooth. Not a strong lingering aftertaste. If you're not hard core red wine lover. This might be good for you.

Super smooth. Not a strong lingering aftertaste. If you're not hard core red wine lover. This might be good for you.

1 person found it helpfulMay 20th, 2015
Justin Lincoln

Easy to buy again. $8

Easy to buy again. $8

1 person found it helpfulMay 16th, 2015