Wine Review: Freakshow by Michael David

First off I was super excited to try this wine. We had gotten an e-mail from our favorite winery, “Michael David” explaining that wine club members get first dibs at this special winemakers blend. They had bottled a small amount of the 2009 vintage and offering it to their wine club members first (that’s us!). Hubs ordered it a week ago, and it arrived today!


Plus the label is really eye catching, and makes you want to try it, regardless of where it comes from.

The grapes come from the vineyards from the winemaker Mike Phillips himself. The wine was aged for 22 months in french oak. It’s labeled as a Cabernet Sauvignon, however it is a blend with petite syrah.

The winemaker describes it as a bowyer of dark cherry, blackberry, and roasted spices. Full bodied and mouth filling with gobs of dark berry fruit, charred oak, vanilla and cassis with dusty tannins and a lasting finish.

The smell:
Very aromatic, I smell hints of cherries, and it being light.

The appearance:
It looks very smooth, and rich. Some wines come off as a bit watery, this one really grips the glass with it’s “legs”. (that’s wino talk for swirling the glass and watching the wine dribble down the sides)

The taste:
I completely agree with the winemaker, you get a hit of cherries right off the bat. The finish as well is very noticeable. It leaves a lingering taste in your mouth. Weird notation, Hubs also describes it as tasting like grapes. He chuckled and said “but it does, not all wines really even taste like grapes”.


Great table wine blend. It only cost $15 for wine club members and $20 to public. Definitely worth the price. I would rate it about 7.9 out of 10. Hubs said 8.2 out of 10, so ya we both really liked it. And we were happy that we picked up 3 bottles.

Do you prefer reds or whites?



4 thoughts on “Wine Review: Freakshow by Michael David

  1. A. C. says:

    I tried this wine at Blackhawk Grille in Barboursville, WV and it was amazing. I only drink red wine and I was truly impressed with this one. It tasted wonderful as I drank it, but the after tasted was surprisingly even better. I will be buying more, once I determine from where.

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