45% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Syrah; 13.5% ABV
Columbia Valley, WA
$8 at the Oakland, CA, store on 9 September
Tasty from first pour, but needed about 30 minutes to start opening up, and 60+ minutes to be fully aired. Between 30 and 60 minutes, it reminded me a little of the tangy, darker fruits in the 2007 Beaver Creek “Mystery” ($6), another Merlot-Cab-Syrah blend. However, with more air, the CMS became fruitier and more supple than the Mystery, but not as full-bodied, tangy, complex. It showed flavors of purplish red cherries, light cranberries, and medium blueberries, with occasional touches of fruit-punchiness, in a medium-weight body. It’s tasty wine, but as I liked it less than the lower-priced Mystery, and online it seems to have sold for $10, this is no bargain.