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Venge Scout’s Honor Proprietary Red 2021

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Vintage: 2021
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The Venge Scout’s Honor Proprietary Red Blend 2021 brings together a powerful lineup of old-vine Zinfandel, Charbono, Petite Sirah, and Syrah. Winemaker Kirk Venge carefully cultivates grapes from four vineyards in Napa Valley and Sonoma County to craft an unpretentious red wine that is organic and deeply flavorful.

This full-bodied blend pours a deep ruby red color with a nose of violets, dried cinnamon, white flowers, and a trace of barrel toast. On the palate, it is characterized by intense flavors of black fruits, sweet currants, and pepper spice, all lending to a powerful masculinity of char and tannins. A seamless balance provides a mouth-coating experience that is truly enjoyable.

The blend of Zinfandel from Venge’s Estate “Signal Fire Vineyard” and the Frediani Vineyard, Charbono from the Frediani Vineyard, Petite Sirah from Robbie Mondavi’s Oso Vineyard, and Syrah from the Atlas Peak AVA come together to form this impressive proprietary red. Each lot of grapes was destemmed and fermented for an average of 20 days before being aged in 50% new American Oak and the balance in once-used tight grained French Oak for 14 months. No conventional pumps were used at any stage, only diaphragm air pumps and gravity transfers, preserving the pure fruit integrity.

Reviews of this vintage have reached a high rating of 90 points from Jeb Dunnuck for its “sweetly fruited” Zinfandel-bomb character and “forward” finish. Enjoy this delicious wine now or cellared correctly for 7 to 10 years for an even more pleasing experience. Scouts Honor Proprietary Red Blend 2021 is sure to please any red wine enthusiast.

75 reviews for Venge Scout’s Honor Proprietary Red 2021

  1. William Spooner

    Kirk Venge’s Zinfandel blend is a fun, fruity crowd-pleaser with high fruit notes and acidity. It’s a well-made sub 40 buck red, perfect for parties.

  2. Alfred Rader

    Review: Excellent.

  3. Cecil Soloman

    Zin pleaser with fruit forward taste, decant for 2 hours.

  4. Deborah Hamburger

    Fruity, high alcohol, round finish.

  5. Robert Summers

    Average California Zinfandel, lacks complexity. Best consumed soon.

  6. Tia Levine

    Balanced with big fruit, earth, and tannin, this is one of my favorite Scout’s in years despite a modest nose.

  7. Keith Sullivan

    Luscious standalone blend.

  8. Bessie Ewalt

    Jammy and fruit forward; perfect with pepper crusted tenderloin.

  9. Helen Philo

    Jammy and peppery with a chewy, chalky mouthfeel. Hot on opening but mellows after a 1-hour decant.

  10. Edna Hedrick

    Balanced with fruity nose, solid fruit and tannin.

  11. Jack Chin

    Tasty purple wine with cherry, tobacco, and spice flavors. Soft texture. Really good.

  12. David Behran

    Needs more time in the bottle to breathe. High alcohol content at 15.5%. Perfect with grilled food.

  13. Edith Sanchez

    “Let it breathe, pair with grill. Enjoy rewards.”

  14. William Mclemore

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  15. Nicole Richman

    “An explosion of fruit flavors, like candy. Regretting not buying more.”

  16. Michael Hobson

    Great holiday treat.

  17. Debra Andueza

    “This Zinfandel is a big, spicy, and meaty wine that brings history and flavor to my palate. It’s a mouthful, and that’s why I chose it for my 2,500th review.”

  18. Gerardo Pelletier

    Excellent value.

  19. Kristi Frizzell

    Fruity and enjoyable with hidden alcohol.

  20. Margaret Wilson

    Need to restock. Goes down smoothly!

  21. Dee Jones

    Aging beautifully, this fruit-forward blend is a jam bomb. Perfect if you’re looking for a burst of flavor.

  22. David Werth

    Bold and fruity, perfect for noisy events. Sadly, COVID canceled dance competitions, but it’s still a bit much for home drinking.

  23. Kimberly Brooks

    Fun, fruity Zin-based wine. Great.

  24. Charles Davis

    Perfect wine for a night with friends by the fire pit. Not too sweet, well balanced, and unique blend.

  25. Jane Mahoney

    Well-crafted with balanced acidity, fruitiness, and subtle tannins. Rich and jammy, as expected.

  26. Ben Jacobo

    Zinfandel and Charbono blend creates a fruity and jammy wine with fine tannins. Unique flavor. Good value.

  27. Robert Terry

    “Scout’s Honor: perfectly balanced and crafted. Excellent value. Bought another case.”

  28. Andrew Donaldson

    Over-extracted, high alcohol, sweet and syrupy.

  29. Charles Sallade

    Dark purple hue, watery texture, hint of smoke on the nose, subtle cherry flavor, delicious and enjoyable.

  30. Dawn Mattera

    Scout’s Honor is better than previous years, with a cool, rugged flavor and smoky notes from other varietals in the blend.

  31. Bessie Padilla

    Deep red with bronze hints. Jammy, pepper nose, fruity but masked by alcohol. Juicy, full mouth feel with lingering jammy finish. Too young.

  32. Lois Pugh

    2019 Scout’s Honor: Pure, balanced, and fresh. Full flavor with fruit clarity and energy. Not dense.

  33. Samuel Lee

    Dark purple with a brambly, smoky nose and flavors of blackberry jam, roasted plum, and savory herbs. Delightfully plush and fresh with bright acidity. A true pleasure to drink.

  34. Francisco Beggs

    Ideal blend of fruit and earth. Favorite SH in five years. Great to drink now.

  35. Wayne Alcantar

    Initially jammy and poor, but improves with time. Less jam, smoother, and less alcohol bite. Worth the wait for a pleasant experience.

  36. Melissa Andrews

    Rich Syrah blend with notes of berries, caramel, and chili. Delicious.

  37. Paul Ferguson

    Best SH to date. PB&J sandwich in a glass, sweet but not jammy like previous vintages. Solid daily drinker.

  38. Theresa Small

    Great with blue cheese and sourdough bites, good nose. A little sweet, but P loved it.

  39. Joseph Bloom

    Review: Jammy, extracted, sweet, and straightforward. 15.3% ABV, 63% Zinfandel, 16% Charbono, 12% Petite Sirah, 9% Syrah. Great for a quick sip and a cellar defender.

  40. Laura Weipert

    Decent Zin, not a favorite.

  41. Debby Bologna

    Improved with less jammy notes, quicker to warm up with pleasant spice and fruit flavors. Continues to improve.

  42. Joyce Wheeler

    Deep magenta color, raspberry and cranberry on the nose. Smooth and dry palate with soft tannins. Party wine, but too sweet for my taste.

  43. Kathryn Nielsen

    Venge’s Zinfandel blend: Dark, juicy, layered fruit. Needs another year in bottle.

  44. Gilbert Posey

    New bottle, still great wine.

  45. Sandra Patterson

    Wine needs 30 min decant. Smaller than 18 SH but enjoyable and ready to drink.

  46. Donald Cramer

    Excellent Napa wine, a must-try.

  47. Brain Williams

    Initial over-extraction on the first night, but improved significantly on the second night to become similar to previous vintages.

  48. Judith Gallegos

    Improved flavor, smooth finish. Top bottle in my collection.

  49. Mathew Jimenez

    Delicious Zin with Charbono and Petit Sirah undertones. Great food wine.

  50. Christine Mcgraw

    Fruit forward with less smokiness. Perfect acidity and tannins. Enjoyable mid-week blend.

  51. Paul Mcnally

    Venge’s Scout’s Honor is a delightful blend of Zinfandel, Charbono, Petite Sirah, and Syrah. Dominated by spicy Zin’s aromas and flavors, it is balanced by other varietals. Dark fruit flavors include blackberries, plums, figs, and a hint of cinnamon spice. Tightly structured, with 15.3% alcohol, it’s perfect with grilled steak.

  52. Numbers Seever

    Delicious Zinfandel blend from Napa. Full-bodied, fruity, and complex. Best after 2 hours of airtime. 92 points.

  53. Patricia Banks

    Young wine, took time to open, peak drinking window for a few hours, then dropped off.

  54. Irene Ellis

    Scout’s Honor does it again with an outstanding vintage.

  55. Herman Mccall

    Review: Smooth, dry palate with firm tannins. Notes of Dutch apple pie, plum, and dark raspberry. Excellent quality-price ratio.

  56. William Small

    “Delicious easy-drinking wine, potentially better than last year.”

  57. Virginia Fellin

    Excellent!

  58. Amanda Carpenter

    Enjoyed with pork chops. M and J.

  59. Gary Devault

    Balanced blend of four grapes with deep extraction. Fruit-forward but not sweet and a soft tannin finish with a full mouth feel.

  60. Mary West

    Smooth with layers, a personal favorite.

  61. Tracy Chambers

    Full-bodied with a delicious finish.

  62. Ronald Camarillo

    Dense purple-black color. Dark fruit aromas with earthy mushroom notes. Palate has blackberries, cherries, and cinnamon spice. Tannins underdeveloped, balance leans toward alcohol. Disappointing compared to prior vintages, may improve with time.

  63. Albert Poormon

    A big, ripe and wooded wine with a Christmas Cake aroma. Soft, round and supple on the palate.

  64. Sondra Mulford

    Smooth and elegant with notes of vanilla/coconut. Pairs well with pasta and meatballs. No exception to the Scouts Honor quality despite regional issues.

  65. Eloise Bell

    One left, thankfully.

  66. Marvin Pham

    Silky texture with bramble fruit flavors and adequate tannins, slightly bitter at the end.

  67. Myra Rorick

    Crowd pleaser. Lush mouthfeel. Fruity with mild tannins and low acid. Drink now, curious about aging potential.

  68. Alene Wilton

    Value-packed and easy-to-drink with a rich and jammy flavor profile from extracted fruits.

  69. Angela Latham

    Underwhelming, needs time to mature.

  70. Raymond Hayden

    Deep, young wine with dark purple hue. Plenty of vanilla and oak. Candied dark fruit. Croatia-inspired.

  71. Thomas Blank

    Day 1 – 87, needs time. Day 2 – improved.

  72. Linda Gamble

    Bold and delicious dark blend with a fruit-forward taste. Great as a blend.

  73. Edward Roman

    Jammy blackberries and blueberries on the nose, with a taste of dark fruit, tar, and tobacco. Charbano maybe present. Enjoyable.

  74. Raleigh Lawton

    Great Zin, best to drink soon as it’s at its peak. Ruby color, light white pepper, mild dry finish, and a bit of red fruit at the start.

  75. Ellen Hepler

    Rich wine with fruit flavor, good mouthfeel, and medium-light tannins. Excellent value for the price.

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Critical Acclaim

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Jeb Dunnuck
Leading off the 2021 barrel samples, the, 2021 Red Blend Scouts Honor checks in as 76% Zinfandel, 14% Charbono, and the rest Petite Sirah and Syrah, with 69% of the blend coming from Napa Valley and the rest from Sonoma. Blue fruits, candied violets, wild strawberries, and cigar notes define this medium to full-bodied, sweetly fruited, forward, Zinfandel bomb of a wine. It’s perfect for enjoying over the coming 4-6 years or so.

What does Venge Scout's Honor Proprietary Red 2021 taste like?


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Bold
Smooth
Tannic
Dry
Sweet
Soft
Acidic
Earthy Flavors of the wine

leather, earthy, mushroom

Red Fruit flavors of the wine

cherry, raspberry, red fruit

Oaky Flavors of the wine

oak, tobacco, vanilla

apple, green apple, peach

Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

blackberry, plum, dark fruit

Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

pepper, licorice, cinnamon

Citrus notes found in the wine

citrus, lime, tangerine

cheese, cream, campfire

Vegetal notes found in the wine

tomato, asparagus, rhubarb

raisin, fig, prune

mango, bubblegum

Floral aromas found in the wine

violet, lavender, hibiscus

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Venge Vineyards, a name synonymous with premium winemaking in the United States, offers a captivating story of heritage, passion, and the pursuit of winemaking excellence. Located in the heart of Napa Valley, California, Venge Vineyards has become a hallmark of quality and innovation in the wine industry. This article aims to guide you through the vineyard's location, history, vineyard sites, farming practices, and the exceptional wines they produce, all tailored for a straightforward understanding. The Birth of a Legacy Venge Vineyards traces its roots back to the vision of Nils Venge, who, inspired by his family's journey from Denmark and a deep passion for viticulture, embarked on a mission to establish a renowned winemaking legacy. This quest began in earnest in the 1960s when...check our brand Venge Vineyards
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Winemaker of Venge Scout's Honor Proprietary Red 2021

Kirk Venge

Kirk Venge

Meet Kirk Venge, a winemaker whose passion for farming and winemaking runs deep in his veins. Growing up surrounded by the vineyards and wineries of Rutherford, Napa Valley, Kirk was instilled with a vision of excellence by his father. He learned the art of winemaking from an early age, working alongside his father, Nils Venge, in the family vineyard and winery. Kirk's dedication to his craft led him to pursue a degree in Viticulture and Enology at the renowned University of California, Davis. He honed his skills during internships and travels in prominent wine regions worldwide. In 2003, he took the reins of Venge Family Reserve wines, building on his father's legacy. In 2008, Kirk acquired ownership of the winery and wasted no time in establishing a new estate winery in Calistoga.... More Products
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