Silverdale, WA 13% alc. (Purchased on 5/14/14)
As I noted yesterday in What’s New, reader OregonLady did not care for this wine, but PW liked it as a “nice red for summer”. I found no actual flaws in the wine, but one bottle was plenty for me. Just not my preferred style.
Clear medium garnet. Nose is earthy with a mix of red and black fruit; blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, red plum and perhaps a light touch of coffee and tar; restrained oak. Back label says it spent 24 months in French oak, which to me was hardly evident except perhaps for some astringency. Must have been neutral or very old oak barrels. Flavors of more berries, black and red plum, very light oak and slightly bitter black coffee. Tasted when first poured, I didn’t think I’d like it…all sharp acidity, restrained fruit and scratchy tannins. After about 20 minutes, it begins to open, soften and all the components start to integrate. While it’s a reasonably tasty red, it’s somewhat short in depth and finish, a little thin and I’d say at it’s peak (or just beyond). Old world (low in fruit, slightly higher in acidity) for fans of that style.
I know, I know…I’m about three years into writing for this blog and I’m just now bringing this up. But if you weren’t aware of it, if you want to see my full bottle photos up close so you can possibly better read the label…just click on the bottle image and it should make the label more readable.