2008 Modus Operandi Cellars Vicarious Red Wine

Mission Codename: No Substitute

Operative: Agent Red

Objective: Send Agent Red infiltrate Modus Operandi Cellars, a winery long under surveillance. Before the wine sells out secure Jason Moore’s world-famous Vicarious red blend.

Mission Status: Accomplished!

Current Winery: Modus Operandi

Wine Subject: 2008 Vicarious Red

Winemaker: Jason Moore

Backgrounder: Red blends are a favorite of many a Wine Spies Operative. Perhaps this is because a great blend is like a great All-star sports team, where the coach gets to choose the best players. In the case of today’s wine, Jason Moore was able to pick from the finest lots of the best grapes. Today’s Vicarious Red is a fantastic example of how a remarkable wine can be born of great blending – from the best vineyard sources.

Wine Spies Tasting Profile:

Look – Deepest purple, with a super-dense core. At the edges, a band of bright magenta runs a circle around the glass.After spinning the wine, tall columns of chubby, wine-hued tears move slowly downward.

Smell – Dark stewed black cherry, black plum, braised fig and boysenberry leap from the glass. Under these, dark mushroom, dark chocolate, spice and a hint of dried meats compliment the fruit.

Feel – Light and cool on entry, then quickly grippy and mineral-rich. The wine is darkly juicy and fine-grained tannins give the wine solid structure without being overly drying.

Taste – Bold, dark flavors of overripe blackberry, braised fig, boysenberry, black currant and spice fill the mouth. These are layered atop dark bakers chocolate, cigar box, soft clove and a hint of black pepper.

Finish – Very long and lingering, with dark blackfruit, flint, soft cedar, spice and dark chocolate. At the very end, a warm hit of black pepper teases the edges of the palate, encouraging another long sip.

Conclusion – At long last, I was finally able to infiltrate Modus Operandi! It took perseverance, but the effort was more than worth it. Today’s wonderful offering, Jason Moore’s 2008 Vicarious is a stunning, deep, aromatic, complex, rich and delicious wine that a marveled at throughout my entire review. This wine is rich, but balanced enough to be enjoyed with a range of meals. We enjoyed our review bottles with a slow-cooked pot roast with all the veggies. The pairing was perfection. Don’t take our word for it, and don’t livevicariously through us… Take some of this wine home, and be impressed.

Mission Report:

Wine Spies Vineyard Check:

The location of Silenus Vintners, where today’s wine is on continuous offer, can be seen in this satellite photo.

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