Columbia Valley, WA; 13.7% ABV
$5 at the San Leandro, CA, store on 2 Feb
I thought I’d try this wine with a striking label, in a heavy bottle, from a good year. The San Leandro store also had the 2008 Syrah and maybe a Pinot Noir (if so, likely this one Lim13 reviewed 1.5 years ago). I think the CAB is pretty tasty for the price.
It was lean, light red and on the tart side upon opening, with a rather rough finish. It started smoothing out after being open for about an hour (I had poured out a single glass screw cap bottle for another night.) and was fully aired after about 90 minutes. Then it showed nicely complex fruit of blackberry, blueberry, dark and lighter red cherry, with a little dark spice and oak, in a medium body. It didn’t seem too old, but don’t wait to drink it, either.
Notes from the producer’s web site: currant, blueberry, vanilla, nutmeg and white pepper aromas… A rounded juicy palate of rich raspberry and vanilla guide the way to soft fruit development on the finish.
Update: the wine in the saved single-glass bottle was redder and less complex than the first night’s wine, but still pretty tasty.