Plum and dusty leather

2014 Hawkes Bay The Trinity, Grocery Outlet

When you think of New Zealand wine, you think of sauvignon blanc, but this approachable red blend has me checking my biases. A dark ruby color, the 2014 Hawkes Bay The Trinity ($5) is 55 percent merlot supported by a blend of tempranillo, malbec, syrah and cabernet franc. Aromas of plum and dusty leather bring flavors of dark cherry and cassis, with a firm tannin finish. Pair this one with barbecued lamb and a cucumber salad made with the last of your summer tomatoes. 1700 Capitol Avenue,