The Tasting Panel magazine

March 2015

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88  /  the tasting panel  /  march 2015 INTRO-VINOUS T attoo artist Scott Campbell has his own personal array of superstitions and mantras inked across his arms, legs, chest and back. "Put good intentions in and it will resonate on the other side," he says, a positive outlook for someone who believes in alternative ideas and notions. "Carrying a rabbit's foot around in your pocket obviously doesn't make you any luckier," he observes, "but the belief you have in that rabbit's foot does alter the way you interact with the world, and therefore can change your course." Campbell's symbolism and belief system is what makes up the label for SAVED Wines, a wine project in its second vintage, made by veteran winemaker Clay Brock. Inspired by the idea of fully committing to one's passions, SAVED is Campbell and Brock's commitment to create a wine that tells an intriguing story on the bottle, left open to the beholder's interpretation, along with an equally nuanced and delicious wine. "Saved is actually the name of my tattoo shop in Brooklyn," notes Campbell, who admits that he started Saved Tattoo as a creative sanctuary that "saved" himself and his circle of artistic friends from getting "real jobs." Tattoo artist Scott Campbell designed the label and Winemaker Clay Brock designed the juice for SAVED. Superstition, symbolism and art merge for the mystical SAVED label. Wine as Art and Art as Wine SAVED WINE IS A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT BETWEEN ABSTRACT AND PRECISION by Meridith May SAVED 2013 Rosé, California ($15) If you want to taste that dry, crisp, Provençal-style rosé—without the dusty palate—this unique blend of 31% Grenache, 30% Pinot Noir, 20% Cab Franc, 6% Chardonnay, some Malbec and Tocai Friulano is a pleasant sipper; delicate and food friendly. SAVED 2012 Red, California ($20) Based on Merlot (27%) and Malbec (19%), with Syrah and Zinfandel, while five further varietals help add up to be a Châteauneuf-de-Central Coast. It's soft, spicy and lushly textured. Satiny, with nips of anise, coffee and inky black peppered fruit, at 15.2%, it's a powerhouse. "I designed the wine to reflect Scott Campbell," says winemaker Clay Brock. "It's unique, and like him, a proprietary blend." WWW.SAVEDWINES.COM

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