Unlocking Dead Bolt

This wine was a media sample from The Brand Action Team and Pernod Ricard USA Wines.


Touted as a “premium red blend,” I couldn’t agree more.  Dead Bolt poured into the glass a dark purple with ruby edges.  On the nose I got black current, blackberry and plum.   On the first sip, I got the rich jammy taste of a Zinfandel as well as the bold taste of a Cabernet Sauvignon with black cherry and mocha being predominant.  It is very full-bodied.

Dead Bolt is a proprietary red blend that marks Pernod Ricard’s first California wine brand and they have definitely locked this one up.  The wine includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Syrah, Shiraz and Zinfandel but the percentage of each is sealed securely behind the dead bolt.  They chose to create a red blend as that is the fastest growing segment of the wine market.

Even though this is a good sipping wine, it would pair especially well with red meat or a hearty pasta dish.

Varietal: Red Blend          Alcohol:  13%          Price:  $15.99


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Emanuel Medina
    Jun 08, 2013 @ 20:36:48

    Let’s be honest. That favorite single-varietal red can sometimes get a bit…boring. We need wine that brings something more to the goblet- something different, something daring. Well, hang on to your stemware folks, ’cause we’re gonna mix it up! This week’s brilliant blends are anything but just another (grape name here). From traditionalist Rhone-style reds to eccentric Cali concoctions, these brilliant blends truly have it all: the power of Cab, the jamminess of Zin, the velvety richness of Syrah, finesse of Pinot Noir…what more could a wine-lover ask for?


  2. Andre
    Nov 05, 2013 @ 20:31:49

    Can this one be bought online?


  3. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 20:28:38

    I came across this wine at Cost Plus World market. It is very bold and fruit forward! Blackberries, currants – and a big bite. A very full and robust wine, indeed. Take good care! Shanna 🙂


    • Red Wine Diva
      Dec 04, 2013 @ 08:55:09

      They have a great selection of wines at World Market. It is my favorite local place (since we don’t have a Trader Joe’s) to buy wine. Thanks for dropping by! Glad you enjoyed Dead Bolt – it is definitely a good wine.


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