Silverdale, WA 13.5% alc.
Back label states this wine “is the artistic collaboration between two wineries: Casa de Piedra and Wente Vineyards.” Casa de Piedra is located in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico and Wente is in the Livermore Valley of CA. A unique collaboration indeed. Back label says “Product of Mexico”, so I’m assuming all the grapes are indeed from Mexican vineyards. Actually, years ago I found a delicious, inexpensive Mexican Petite Sirah from the Baja.
Until this wine was uncorked, I assumed it was a non-vintage red blend. But after removing the capsule, the top of the cork revealed a 2006 imprint. Maybe GO was able to get it because it has no vintage date on the label (unintentionally omitted?). Clear deep ruby youthful appearance; delightful nose of plum and other black fruits along with cedar and some minty qualities; in the mouth, there’s cassis, blackberry and raspberry fruit with some chocolate and that same mintiness at the back of the palate. It has excellent acidity and medium firm tannins. The oak here merely frames the wine and is perfectly integrated. This is really a beautiful wine…especially at five bucks…and a very pleasant and unexpected surprise.