Sonoma Cty, CA; 14.2% ABV
vinted and bottled by 2Sons Winery, Healdsburg, CA
$9 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 26 August. Also at the Richmond store.
I bought this wine, somewhat expensive by GO standards, because I recalled that a Hideaway Creek Chardonnay was well-liked here, and because it seemed to be selling well. I have to agree that it’s pretty good for the money.
The first pour was tasty, but a bit light and fruit-punchy. However, after about 30 to 45 minutes of air in a half-empty bottle (half saved for another night), it really filled out with very ripe flavors of dark purple plum, blackberry, tar, and some dark spice / earth, balanced with good acid of red and black cherries / black raspberries. While very pleasant to drink now, it has some of the tartness / bitterness that makes me think it would improve with a few more years in cool storage. While the solid, ripe, fruity style does not really drive me wild, I agree it’s a nice example of Sonoma County Cabernet, at a good price.