Mule's Mistake 2015 from Page Springs Cellars is the last of a group of wines I brought back from a trip to Arizona. It is a red blend that screams "drink me on a summer day!" SCREAMS it. You could even serve it with a chill but a chill will possibly mask some of this wines characteristics. I suppose it depends on how hot the day is. There was no rhyme nor reason as to why I saved this unique field blend for last. It just sort of happened that way.
It has a light ruby color, bright cherry on the nose--a whiff of candy apple too. For a light wine you get some tannins and acidity. The tannins vanish super fast with air. It doesn't have the leatheriness of an Italian sangiovese. There is no oak like you find with many Chianti and some other wines from Tuscany.
It might remind you of some sort of red fruit pie as much as a candy apple. It isn't sweet at all though, don't take that from these comparisons. It is a wine you could pair with food you would usually choose a white wine for or light fare like salads with vinaigrette dressing.
Mule's Mistake calls to mind the counoise from Sans Liege or Montalbara grignolino but with brighter fruit than either. There is also different fruit here. A friend noticed peach--something you usually associate with white wines here.I initially thought "nah" but on further examination I thought different. Peach or maybe another orchard fruit. This would be a great thanksgiving wine.It has the acidity to work with foods like turkey and ham and is light enough to work with
both. You definitely get the sangiovese here but it isn't what you usually associate with that grape.
But this wine isn't all about sangiovese--not even close. While it is 20 percent sangiovese it has even more Grenache (24 percent). There is also 24 percent barbera, 9 percent nebbiolo, 6 percent syrah, 5 percent counoise, 2 percent malvasia, 1 percent merlot and 1 percent mourvedre. That is quite a collection of grapes (and an indication of compulsiveness that they bothered to not the one and 2 percent grapes). If you hear the term "field blend" that is what this is. Next year? Mule's Mistake will have different grapes (as does the previous one). They take what is there and make the best wine they can mixing and matching. Field blends sometimes seem like a pop quiz for winemakers and Page Springs pass with flying colors.