Napa Valley, CA
84% Merlot from Napa Valley, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon from Lake County, 5% Syrah from Carneros; 14.5% ABV
$6 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 5 July. Only a few bottles left on 11 July.
The wine shows ripe, tangy fruit of dark red cherry, red / purple plum, blackberry / blueberry, and a little dark chocolate, with a good amount of acid of black raspberry and hibiscus tea. I will make a couple recommendations for this wine that are unusual for me. First, gently tumble the bottle end over end so the sediment is well stirred; IMO, it’s richer and tastier with the sediment. Second, it doesn’t need any airing time, but doesn’t fall apart with air, either. Although this wine is far from being as substantial and impressive (to me, at least) as the 2008 Beaver Creek Zinfandel, it is pretty good stuff.