Echo Valley, Mendocino Cty, CA; 13.5% ABV
$7 at the Richmond, CA, store on 12 Feb. Also at Berkeley that day.
I noticed when the batch of Rockford Cabernets showed up recently that 2000 was a poorly rated year for CA Cabernet, but after a couple people recommended this to me, I decided to try it. I feel like it’s decent wine that would be better for a little less money.
This starts off seeming nicely agedly complex, but perhaps a little over the hill, with some flavors tending toward vinegar. However, this aspect decreases with a couple hours of air in a decanter, after which the wine shows nice flavors of dried red cherries, some purplish bing cherries, and some tart red cherries, cedar (or redwood?, as someone here suggested recently), prune, and light brown earth. It never showed much darker fruit, so I suppose it’s possible we just didn’t let it air long enough, but I would guess we did. While it was certainly tasty enough to drink up, I wasn’t overly impressed with it, either. If you get a bottle, unless you have it in fairly evenly cool storage, don’t wait even two weeks to drink it.