Primal Roots Red Blend Wine Review

Primal Roots Red Blend wine comes from Primal Roots Wines in Geyserville, California, USA.

It consists of the popular red blend varietal mashup of Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah.

A good friend of mine brought over a bottle of this wine for one of our music nights.  I had heard of it before and after trying it, I knew I had to do a review.

So, less than a week later, I picked up a bottle at my local store and am pleased to offer you this review…

Primal Roots Red Blend Wine Review

Primal Roots Red Blend WineFrom the bottle:

Sensual and provocative wines rooted in the art of winemaking…

I tasted the 2015 vintage of Primal Roots California Red Blend.


Not surprisingly, given this wine’s varietal composition, its color was quite dark.

The color itself was dark garnet and when held up to light, very little came through.

The wine was definitely a “glass coater.”  When I tipped and spun, the wine really coated my tasting glass.

Legs were unexpectedly quick to fall and evenly spaced.


I noticed Primal Roots’ rich aroma as soon as I pulled the cork out.

It was bold and jammy with notes of cocoa, vanilla, black cherries and just a hint of spice.

There was just a little whiff of alcohol in there, nicely masked by the rich nose.

Primal Roots Red Blend Wine alcohol content 13.5% by volume, per the bottle.


The flavor was dark and rich and my immediate sense was of caramel and black cherry.

Other words that came to mind were chunky, jammy, juicy and fruit-forward.

There was also some vanilla in the flavor, suggesting perhaps some French oak aging.

Definitely tasty!

Mouthfeel and Tannins

Mouthfeel was silky smooth and creamy.

The tannins were soft and took quite a while to develop.  Those that did were quite mild and muted by the flavors.


Primal Roots Red Blend finished long and strong.

The finish was fully dominated by the wine’s flavors and less so from its tannins.

Overall Opinion

Overall, I found this to be quite the enjoyable and sensual sipper!

The wine was clearly blended to be in line with the “red blend trend” that shows no sign of letting up.

That trend is to produce red wine blends that are affordable, yet rich tasting sippers that appeal to both casual and more frequent wine drinkers.

People who don’t like dry reds will absolutely enjoy this wine.  It’s not very dry at all.

Primal Roots Red Blend Wine price $9.99.

That’s what I paid at a local shop, but I’ve also seen it as low as $8.99 in the bigger wine stores.

If you like a deep, rich sipper than you should definitely give this wine a go (especially considering the price).

Suggested Pairing

This wine reminded me of my Cocobon Red Blend Review which was another supple red blend.

In that review, I suggested a pairing of roasted lamb and mint coulis.

That pairing would also work well with Primal Roots Red Blend.  Honestly, any grilled lamb based recipe would be a great accompaniment to this wine.

And thinking about it is making my hungry…  Cheers!


    1. Hi Cynthia and thanks for visiting and commenting!

      I think I would just enjoy this wine right away.

      Often times, if the winemaker feels the wine can be aged, they’ll state that in their tasting notes.

      I went through the tasting notes again for this wine and didn’t see any such thing.

      Additionally, these days, the winemakers are trying to produce wines that are ready to drink and at a high quality when first sold.

      So, although there’s certainly no harm in experimenting with cellaring this wine (maybe cellar three and check in each year as a fun experiment), I would drink it sooner rather than later.

      Hope that helps… Cheers!

  1. Primal Roots has become our household go-to wine for a couple of years. Outstanding value (bought a case at Trader Joe’s for $6.99 a bottle!) Jon, I actually suggested that you review this wine about a year ago. Thanks for confirming what we already knew about Primal Roots.

    1. Hey Stephen! Thanks for checking back in!

      And, sorry it took so long to do this review.

      Yep, it’s definitely a good one and affordable as well. I can see why you keep it as your go-to.

      Thanks again for the comment… Cheers!

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