Motto “Gung Ho”

“Gung Ho”
Red Blend

45% Cabernet Sauvignon,
33% Petit Verdot, 12% Petite
Sirah, 10% Zinfandel


Let me start by saying that I took a pause after enjoying my first sip of Motto Winery’s third and final installment, “Gung Ho”. This wine is so smooth. I am pleasantly surprised how delicious I’ve found these wines to be. I won’t lie, my wine tastes are a tad bit more expensive and those only come out for special occasions. Motto wineries offers wines you can enjoy everyday and, for the price, I totally would drink them every day. Well, that’s not entirely accurate but I’d give it my all and try my hardest.

   The nose to this wine is so soft, with the lovely undertones of oak, dark red and dark blue fruit. Blueberries and dark cherries were the first hints of fruit I could discern, although this is a very fruit-forward wine. I hardly detected any spice, a stark contrast to other wines Motto offers. I remember the other two at least having some indication of baking spices, so this is slightly different and a welcome change. There is an underlying florality to this wine that bolsters it’s softeness and adds to the wine’s lovely aroma.  Given the fact that I didn’t have to stick my nose too far into the glass, I figured that the alcohol percentage was moderate. The further into your glass you smell, the odds are that the alcohol percentage is slightly lower. When I did some fact-checking, I discovered it was 13.5%. That’s pretty average for American wine, so I wasn’t too far off. Go me (and you).

Given that this wine is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, I figured it would be nice and bold. It achieves this and more, in the sense that it maintains a level of “smooth” that I didn’t expect while still packing the punch I was looking for. Ribeye is on the menu tonight (Beef is only a once a week occurrence, typically) and I’m looking forward to seeing how it holds up. There’s still plenty of dark red and blue fruit. I’ll attribute the blue fruit tones to the Petite Verdot, as that is a common flavor characteristic they can bring to a wine. Petite Sirah, however, aids in decreasing the zinfandel’s tendency to be slightly overripe and helps bolster the wine’s overall tannins and color. This wine is dark and inky and I’ve quickly fallen in love with it, as should you.

Overall, I have been so surprised by Motto Wineries as a whole. They’ve built a decent name for themselves, being a newer winery, and offer a fine collection of delicious and affordable wine. I know I’ve said this before, but I am a huge lover of French Bordeaux. I, however, do not have a sizeable budget to enjoy the wines i love the most. This is where wines like this swoop in and steal your heart. This is wine for the sophisticated and the novice alike. I’m a little disappointed that I don’t have another installment to enjoy. This has been three great weeks of delicious wine, so I cannot complain too terribly much. As a whole, I have been very pleased with everything that these guys have put out and will continue to keep an eye out for different labels that they offer.

     As far as next week is concerned, I have a couple of ideas but I’m very open to hearing about some of your favorites that i may not be familiar with. I’d like to enjoy some white wines before I slip into my “drink everything red and only red” season. Fall is fast approaching and that means I’ll be switching it up with smoky scotches and decadent bourbons, as well.  Not only that, but my food is going to change gear as well. I love when the weather cools off because that is when my favorite foods make their appearances and I cannot wait to share them with you all. Some things will be childhood favorites, others will be my concoctions. I am so excited, you all.

As always, thank you so much for your support and kind words. Click on the two links below to jump back to previous Motto posts to compare and contrast yourselves. Happy drinking, everyone!

Unabashed”                                     “Backbone

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