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football face-off

The Jets and Chargers are facing off today, but here at grapefriend we’ve got more important comparisons to make than just Sanchez vs Rivers. Namely, whose wine is more ring-worthy?

We already know that there are many gridiron grapefriends, so let’s check out each of these team’s offerings to see who gets the W in this all-important matchup!

NAME
Jets: Uncorked
Chargers: Legacy

Win: The Chargers don’t have much of a legacy, but Uncorked seems kind of wine-vague. I’m gonna go with Chargers on this one.

RECORD
Jets: came out with their first last year and have done another this year
Chargers: this is their rookie outing

Win: Jets

VERSATILITY
Jets: have two vintages of Cabernet and one Chardonnay
Chargers: one Cabernet vintage only

Win: Jets

ROSTER
Jets: 100% Cabernet
Chargers: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot, 4% Syrah, 3% Petite Sirah, 2% Malbec

VALUE
Jets: $19.95 for the 2009 and $27.99 for the 2008 Cabernets; $19.95 for the 2010 Chardonnay
Chargers: $25 for the 2008

Win: I’ll give the Chargers props for coming out of the gate with a 2008 Cab – you don’t really want to drink cabs too early. And if it’s really good, as many Napa cabs are, you’re going to want to wait at least 5-10 years before drinking it. I also like the classier round number for their wine as opposed to the Jets using a 95-cent or 99-cent price.

BOTTLE LOOK
Jets Uncorked is sleeker and more modern, plus they have one of those cool X-O game play drawings on the label.
Chargers Legacy: that yellow and blue decal is kind of cheesy. So is saying “celebrating five decades.”

Win: Jets Uncorked by 100 yards here.

TASTE
Jets: Lush, ripe flavors of red cherries, currants and berries, framed by supple tannins, and just enough oak to add complexity without obscuring the purity of the fruit. Long spicy finish.
Chargers:Rrich, ripe cherry, cassis and blackberry fruit aromas. The soft tannins and sweet oak combine with a gentle hint of pepper and spice to yield a full-bodied wine with excellent balance. A touch of Syrah adds roundness to the palate, giving the wine a smooth, inviting and lingering finish.

Win: Chargers

EXTRA POINTS
Jets: The grapes were hand harvested and hand sorted. Aged in 60% new French oak. The wine was unfined and unfiltered (some say this preserves a certain integrity of the wine).
Chargers: Also hand harvested grapes. Aged in small French oak barrels (doesn’t specify percentage).

Win: Jets

Enjoy your own taste off and send me your tasting notes!

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