from Château de Jau, Roussillon, France, 13% ABV
$6 at the Pinole, CA store on 6 September
I reviewed the ljdj 2010 Sauvignon Blanc over a year ago, so I was rather surprised to see this wine on my first visit to the Pinole store. It’s pretty good, sort of a French attempt at a California style.
On first pour, it was reasonably tasty, having none of the funkiness screw-capped reds sometimes have, but it was a little thin and tart it obviously needed air. It ripened more after 90 minutes in a decanter and was fully aired after about 2 hours, showing typical Syrah tangy ripe dark cherry / blueberry balanced by a bitter herbal component and maybe a little too much sulfur. It still retained plenty of acid of those fruits, helping it to go better with food than on its own. I can’t recommend it as an exceptional value, but it’s a good every day dinner wine.
The centimeter of wine left in the decanter for a day had richer fruit and much less acid, still drinkable, but had lost all Syrah varietal character. Probably half the wine left in the bottle with the cork in the top would be still pretty good, maybe better, the next day.