Wine for the Weekend: Besieged

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

0=2 blog will now feature on Thursdays just before the weekend, wine tasting notes on affordable wines (ie under $20).  Since we all have Gnostic Masses, fraternal gatherings, etc. choosing a wine that can be excellent as well as affordable can be difficult for someone just learning about wine.  As the Grand Sommelier General, I want to take way all those difficulties and make it easier for you.

The first wine is Besieged 2013 by Ravenswood Winery.  The wine runs around $15 and I’ve found it as low as $12.   It is a blend of Petite Sirah, Carignane, Zinfandel, Syrah, Barbera, Alicante Bouschet and Mourvèdre.  Wine is from the Sonoma Valley.


Color –  Dark Ruby almost black red.

Aroma – Intense bold black fruits with lots of spice.

Initial Taste – Layers of rich, robust, and round fruit flavors of blackberry, black cherry, and plum spiced with cardamom and cinnamon.

Finish – Nicely balanced fruit with notes of cardamom, cinnamon, and touches of dark chocolate.

Love is the law, love under will.



Ixel Balamke

Ixel Balamke was one of the two founding members of Sekhet-Bast-Ra in Oklahoma City. Currently living in the Twin Cities, she is currently the LBM of Leaping Laughter Lodge. She also is a Meanad and lover of fine wines. Her life long partner Hunahpu and she are well known for their Wine Tastings at NOTOCON. Together they have a small wine cellar that currently holds over 300 bottles.

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