58% Dry Creek Valley, 42% Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, CA; 14.5% ABV
$6 at the Richmond, CA, store 11 Nov
I was immediately attracted to this wine by the nice label and moderate price. It had a fair amount of sediment, which I let settle over a week. The wine still looked a little murky, so I’d guess more sediment would settle if you gave it longer. I then decanted it off what sediment had settled. However, my wife apparently drank the dregs without realizing what they were, so the sediment may not be that bad. 🙂
The wine is pretty tasty from first pour, with complex medium red fruits, but is a little light and fruit-punchy. After about an hour of air, it darkens greatly to show flavors of dark purple cherry / plum, blueberry, roasted meat, dark spice, rosemary / sage, and sappy oak, with moderate tannins. Although the fruit is ripe, the wine is not jammy or syrupy (making it more to my taste), and there is nicely balancing acid of black raspberry and strawberry. In the finish, there is a tiny bit of flavor that makes me think you should drink this right away, but even so, this is very good wine for the money.