The Waxed Bat 2014 vintage is better than the previous vintage, but for whatever reasons it just has not returned to its earlier glory years. It was somewhat lighter in color displaying a more garnet red tone. Its nose did offer up some smoky blackberry aromas. When tasted it was rather average with a riper and tarter overall fruit taste. The vintages from 5 years ago were a purple/black color with a rich depth of flavor. The recent vintages have found these traits absent.
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Review 2 for The Waxed Bat 2012
My Favorite Wine is:Red Wine Only
Date:June 13, 2015
My husband was not a wine lover until he tasted this one
For all the hype I read about this wine, it was not up to my expectations. It was not as full bodied as I had hoped and a little too oaky for my taste. It is just an ordinary red blend from my perspective.
Mmm, smell is of rich fruit, taste mellow, little oak, low tannen, perfect, wonderful.
Response from WSJwine:By Customer Service, December 29, 2014
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This is a great blend that is well worth the price. Can be enjoyed with a variety of meals; we have done steaks, BBQ and even hearty pastas and this wine compliments the well. I have ordered more than once. Enjoy.
I am not particularly fond of blends, but a few squeak by and may turn to be surprisingly enjoyable. Unfortunately, this is not one of those blends. I found the aroma offensive and the taste bitter. I'm not sure who is rating this wine so highly, for me if failed miserably.
Response from WSJwine:By Customer Service, December 7, 2014
Very sorry you didn't enjoy the wine. Perhaps a bad bottle? If you haven't already been refunded we'll be in touch soon to take care of it.
The 'Waxed Bat' is the perfect example of a wine that can be called "chewy". It pours a deep opaque purple color and after a few sips it will turn your teeth & gums the same color. It's thick & heavy tasting with notes of smoke, blackberry, exotic spices and alcohol in abundance. The 2013 vintage is comprised of 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Shiraz and 27% Malbec. This vintage also exhibits a lot more tartness than prior vintages and as such is not one of our favorites. For a couple $$ more per bottle we would recommend the Waxed Bat Reserve which is a lot more refined, rich and mellow tasting.