We soothed our sweet tooth today with 2010 Cupcake Central Coat Merlot from Cupcake Vineyards. People have been mentioning it on and off the past few months so we wanted to see what’s the hype about.
We like the faux-classic branding that’s simple but surprisingly eye-catching. The wine itself is fruit-forward, jammy and sweet, but lacking in complexity. But at this price point, a hair’s breadth under $10, it delivers an easy drinking Merlot that’s suited to many North American palates. It’s a wine that doesn’t demand much, and asks that you just sit back and enjoy the ride.
The Cupcake Vineyards site recommends this wine with the very specifically noted “decadent chocolate molten cupcake”. We went with chocolate truffle cheesecake from Chuckanut Bay, which was a good fit. The chocolate does a good job of cutting the sweetness of the wine, and made for a decadent enough pairing, and it should go down well with most things chocolate.
With a solid performance from this entry-level wine, we’re looking forward to tasting other wines from Cupcake Vineyards.