Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, CA
56% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc, 12% Petite Verdot; 13.8% ABV
$10 at the Oakland, CA, store on 11 Apr
This wine looked quite promising, made from three Bordeaux grapes including a good portion of Petite Verdot, in a region where they can make good wines, in an excellent year. However, it turns out it’s made in a style I don’t like very much.
On opening, the wine immediately shows ripely sweet red fruit with strong vanilla / oak, overall with a rather candied character. It darkens over a couple hours of air in a decanter to show flavors of red cherry, darker cherry / redder blackberry, and raspberry, still with the same sweet candy nature and reasonably balancing acid. Although I don’t like this kind of wine, I think many people do. Given that, this wine is pretty tasty and solidly made, so I’ll nonetheless go with Thumbs Up.