Alexander Valley AVA, northern Sonoma Valley, CA; 13.8% ABV
$11 at the Berkeley and Richmond, CA, stores on 24 May
I was impressed by the bottle for this wine (tall, heavy and tapered), by its being apparently made by a real winery in a good region for Cabernet, and by its back label’s boasting about aging in new French oak barrels. The single CellarTracker note about this wine rated it 91, which seemed pretty promising. However, I found the wine repulsive.
The wine opened to show flavor of light cherry, but of simple, cheap, cherry candy. Over a few hours in a decanter, the flavor darkened to become more cough syrup-like, and eventually like artificial blackcurrant candy (if there is such a thing). I saved a single-glass, screw cap bottle of this wine, hoping some miracle would occur. But no miracle occurred, and the wine was as bad as on the first night.
There have been a number of times when I write that a wine is candy-like, and therefore not to my taste. I have tried to add that, in most cases, this is just my preference, and I would guess that many people would be okay or even very happy with the wine. In this case, however, I cannot imagine that anyone would be happy paying $11 for this wine, even in a regular wine store.