Named for the famous Norseman-sailor-conqueror and, obviously, a man with a great palate-Erik the Red.
This is a wonderful blend of EIGHTEEN yes, count em-different varietals of grapes from the beautiful Paso Robles area of the Central Coast of California. Toad Hollow like Erik is not afraid to hop into the fray and make a wine that is not only big and chewy, but still has a modicum of understated elegance. WOW! What a wine. This is our third bottling of a red wine under the Eriks the Red label and, as you will see, with each bottling the wine becomes more interesting and complex. The majority of the blend is Cabernet Franc, Petit Sirah and Zinfandel, with a modicum of Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Mourvedre, Refosco, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Primitivo, and Rubired only to be polished at the end with Barbera, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Counoise, Chardonnay, and Sangiovese. If you have a particular grape that grabs your fancy, youre sure to find it here find it, we dare you.
Similar to the temperament of the commanding Scandinavian explorer, this wine is not for the faint of heart as it is big, robust and powerful. But when you come across a mighty meal that is up to the challenge, such as prime rib or a rack of lamb, Eriks the Red is sure to slay any other wine in its path!