Silverdale, WA 13.6% alc.
Merlot, Syrah, and Zinfandel The red partner of the Ensemble White from Diageo that I reviewed earlier in the week. Clear deep purple/ruby; Zinfandel (possibly Paso Robles?) permeates the nose for me; spicy blackberry, dark plum, and some cooked prune. I’m really liking the bouquet. Thick and viscous with nice soft, but chewy tannins for texture; flavors show blackberry, black plum, dark cherry (from the Merlot), some chocolate and a little mintiness (from the Syrah); nice balance of fruit, acidity and tannin. On the fruity end of the spectrum, but for $4.00, you can do far worse than this very tasty blend. My bottle was a bit cold from the cellar, so make sure it’s cool room temperature before serving; it improved drastically after about one hour. There were only two reviews at Cellar Tracker…one average, one more enthusiastic. So, to repeat the already broken record…if this sounds like your style, spend the $4.00 and give it a shot. I’d love to hear your take on it!
Two additional comments: I opened this bottle on Thursday and saved a little bit for Friday. Tannin and acidity both seem more pronounced, but plenty of fruit still there. Also, final pour revealed a small amount of tartaric crystals clinging to the shoulder of the bottle…nothing out of the ordinary.
And most important…I hadn’t been by the Bremerton store in a couple of weeks, so I dropped in today. They’re selling this exact same wine for $4.99…a dollar more. I hit the Silverdale store on my way home and bought a few more bottles…still for $3.99! They had a fairly large case stack of it, so try to buy it at Silverdale if you’re in the area. Of course…no promise it will still be $3.99. So don’t hesitate if you think you want to try it.