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Ty Caton Ty’s Red - 3 Pack

Red Ty Affair

We consider red wine one of the sublime pleasures of life. It’s not really what you’d call “red”, though, is it?

A rose by any other name and all that, we get it. But we can’t shake this feeling that people used to be really lazy about colors. White wine isn’t really white, either. Bluegrass isn’t truly blue, nor are blueberries. We’ve never met anybody whose skin is actually white or black. And red gets abused the worst. You’re telling me red deer, red cabbage, red clay, and red wine are the same color? What, did people only know like four colors in olden times?

We don’t blame Ty Caton, of course. In naming his 2009 Ty’s Red, he’s just following industry convention established long before he was born. But the point stands. If you bought a pack of crayons and the one marked “red” was the deep purply color of this blend of Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Sirah, you’d want your money back.

Unless, of course, it boasted alluring dark fruit flavors of blackberries and Bing cherries, with a soft texture, lush, chewy tannins, and a hint of mocha in the toasty oak finish. But our own experience tasting crayons doesn’t bode well.

So we’re willing to put aside our chromo-semantic quibbles in the name of more sublime pleasures. But the next person we hear talking about silver maples or red meat is gonna get an earful – especially if we’ve got a glass or two of Ty Caton 2009 Ty’s Red in us.

2009 Ty Caton Ty’s Red: 

  • Winemaker: Ty Caton
  • Varietal: 62% Syrah, 26% Merlot, 6%Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petite Sirah
  • Farming Practices: Certified Sustainable
  • Appellation: Sonoma Valley
  • Region: Estate Grown, Caton Vineyard
  • Alcohol: 14.4%
  • Production: 751 Cases
  • Vintage: 2009
  • Bottled: December 15, 2010
This extraordinary red blend is rich and deep in color with savory aromas and dark fruit flavors of blackberries and Bing cherries. The soft texture is lush with chewy tannins and finishes with a toasty oak finish with a touch of mocha. Enjoy with your favorite grilled meats.

Rules and restrictions:

  • Wine sold by winery
  • You must be 21 or older to order
  • Whoever receives the package must be 21 or older
  • If you're drunk when the package shows up, you will not be allowed to receive it
  • Wine cannot be delivered to a P.O. Box
  • We highly recommend you use a business address as your shipping address

Thanks to stick-in-the-mud buzzkilling state legislators, wine may only be delivered to the following states:

  • Arizona
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  • District Of Columbia
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If your state's not on the list, you're out of luck... for now. Keep up with the ever-changing laws over at, and/or sound the alarms with your state assembly person through Meanwhile, all Federal, state and local laws are complied with in providing this wine.

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