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Review: 2016 Gnarly Head 1924 Double Black Cabernet Sauvignon and Red Wine Blend

1924 is Gnarly Head‘s “limited edition” label, as silly as that sounds. The “1924” designation is a nod toward Prohibition; these are the wines folks apparently liked to drink back in the day. (See more context in the comments.)

Here’s a look at two of the sub-brand’s most recent releases, both heavy duty reds — “double black” — from the 2016 vintage.

2016 Gnarly Head 1924 Double Black Cabernet Sauvignon – Dry and dusty at first, but there’s ample fruit here if you’re even the least bit patient. It’s bold blackcurrant from front to back — nothing unexpected — with ample vanilla backing it up. Almost chocolaty on the back end. Fine, but unsurprising — though a great value at this price. B- / $9

2016 Gnarly Head 1924 Double Black Red Wine Blend – A blend of unknown varietals (seemingly zin-heavy), but one which is heavily fruity, with bold blackcurrant, plum, and strawberry notes — plus a kiss of licorice here and there. Achingly sweet, with a finish reminiscent of red lollipops. C+ / $9


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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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  1. Nora November 12, 2018

    Hey Chris! Thanks for reviewing and tasting – always appreciate it! Just a note that 1924 isn’t just a gimmick – but there is a real story behind it. The Indelicato family who founded the company came to California and planted their first vineyards in Lodi in 1924 – pretty bold considering it was during prohibition – and this wine is Zin-based from those very vineyards!

  2. Jackie Nordick December 19, 2019

    I tried it for the first time tonight and I was absolutely impressed with this bottle of wine that I’m willing to go buy more of it that’s how much I enjoyed the flavor of the wine


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