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!
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.
Jets: came out with their first last year and have done another this year
Chargers: this is their rookie outing
Jets: have two vintages of Cabernet and one Chardonnay
Chargers: one Cabernet vintage only
Jets: 100% Cabernet
Chargers: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot, 4% Syrah, 3% Petite Sirah, 2% Malbec
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.
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.
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.
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).
Enjoy your own taste off and send me your tasting notes!