Sonoma Valley, CA, 14.2% ABV
$5 at the Berkeley, CA store
It’s a darker (black-purple), cooler-weather Syrah (understandable from Sonoma Valley, closer to the coast than Napa), with flavors of darker hibiscus, red plum fruit and purple plum skin, dark huckleberry (akin to blueberry), some smoky grilled meat, black olive / gravel, all pretty elegantly put together. The “young” part comes in because there’s fairly strong tartness of some not-quite-ripe darker red fruit (red and black raspberry? plum?) and a rather tannic finish. Although it will never be the most substantial wine, I expect it would reward a few more years of cellaring, when I think the acid and tannin would subside to expose the underlying fruit and complexity.
Like the 2002 North Point Cabernet, this was “cellared and bottled by UGWC, Napa, CA,” about which I still know nothing. If anyone has any info, please contribute it here. Thanks.
Update 7 Jan 2012: The glass I saved (at first opening with as little air as possible) is delicious: all the nice dark, ripe flavors and none of the tartness with reduced tannin. So maybe if you drink it over a couple days or more you don’t need to cellar it.