Your Tuesday wine: Purple Heart Red Wine from Napa Valley

purple-heart-wine_bottle1[1]LAUNCHING this month nationwide, the 2013 Purple Heart Napa Valley Red Wine pays homage to American military men and women wounded or killed while serving. This special bottling is produced by C. Mondavi & Family, whose patriarch, the late Peter Mondavi Sr., served in World War II. The winemaker is Vietnam veteran Ray Coursen, who has crafted wines in Napa Valley since the 1980s. The winery will make a generous donation to the Purple Heart Foundation in connection with this new release. The Purple Heart is a congressional military decoration awarded to members of the U.S. armed forces wounded or killed while serving.

Purple Heart Napa Valley Red Wine 2013, $19.99: Supple tannins with mild grip, creamy texture and sturdy acidity frame flavors of dark berries and fruits, dark licorice, brown cooking spices and vanilla. It’s a soft, accessible dry red wine. It’s mostly Merlot finished with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

You can reach Sandra Silfven at ssilfven@hotmail.com.