blend of Zinfandel, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Merlot, 13.9% ABV; screw cap
$4 at the Richmond, CA, store on 3 July
This is one of the new wines I picked up a couple days ago. I’m not usually into this kind of wine: pretty generic producer, from who-knows-where in CA, probably near or past the end of its life. However, I was intrigued by the grapes in the blend and it had a nice color through the bottle. I think it’s quite good for the price.
When first opened, it’s rather tart and restrained, mostly showing some Zinfandel flavors, and a raisiny finish. After 40 to 70 minutes in a decanter, it fills out to be a nicely complex wine, with jammy flavors of darker red raspberry, red plum, cherry, redder blackberry / boysenberry, with a slight amount of raisin now far in the background. “Jammy” describes the flavor of the fruit; the wine is not heavy and only gently full-bodied. The ripe fruit is balanced by lip-smacking ripe acid. If there’s any oak, it’s in a supporting role. The flavors are more jumbled together than elegantly blended, but they’re all tasty, and, hey, it’s $4.
The next day, the single-glass screw cap bottle I saved, with very little air inside, was a little more forward and textured, but otherwise much the same. For anyone interested, the producer site is here.