un4seen 2009 red

California
blend of Zinfandel, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Merlot, 13.9% ABV; screw cap
$4 at the Richmond, CA, store on 3 July

un4seen_2009_redblendThis 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.

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9 thoughts on “un4seen 2009 red

  1. EHL

    Hey BW,

    Thanks for your review of the 2009 Un4seen Red Blend. I, too, was intrigued by the unusual mix of Old Vine Zin, Malbec, Peitit Verdot and Merlot…..all of which I enjoy separately….and picked up a bottle at GO.

    Upon opening, I found the first glass of wine to be fairly tasty and smooth, but nothing really special and a little on the sweet side for my taste. The next day, however, it opened up considerably and showed a lot more depth and complexity, titillating the mouth with a harmonious balance of luscious fruit, ending with a nice finish.

    Attached is an interesting review of this $10 (?) retail wine: http://agoodtimewithwine.com/2011/05/10/sipping-something-un4seen/

    Like the reviewer, I agree wholeheartedly that this interesting Red blend is worth much more than $10, let alone the $4 GO is charging at their Oakland store……and they have a good amount of it, too……less the case that I picked up yesterday!

    EHL ;}

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    1. Seedboy

      I’m more “meh” about this wine. It is certainly better than that Argentinian syrah in half bottles that the Oakland store is now blowing out the door for 1.99 per. They also have, for the same price, a malbec which tastes like malbec, a tannat that someone else can try because I despise the variety, and a bonarda that is actually quite lovely.

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      1. EHL

        I tried all of the Argentine varietal 1/2 bottles, including the Bonarda……and they were all pedestrian and quite forgettable……nothing like the gorgeous Malbecs from Mendoza that I enjoyed with my rare Delmonico steaks in BA.

        Seedboy……aren’t you the guy that panned the Barrel 27 White blend…….until someone else later clued you into the respected big names who allegedly made the wine, whereupon you made an about face retracting your earlier dismissive appraisal…….LOL…..reminds of those clownish French wine “experts” who gagged in the blind international wine competition when they realized they rated Napa wines, both Cab and Chardonnay, over prestigious, established French vineyards, as conveyed so well in “Bottle Shock.”

        No comment regarding your thoughts on the Un4seen Red blend……

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        1. BargainWhine Post author

          Hi EHL. (1) You exaggerate Seedboy’s comments on that wine and (2) please refrain from attacking someone on the group like that. Please keep such judgements to yourself.

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          1. Seedboy

            I did buy a second bottle of that white wine to give it a second try. I had bought the first bottle pretty quickly after it first arrived. Sometimes GO wines seem to have bottle shock and are better after a couple of weeks. Oh, and BW, well said.

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          2. EHL

            Hey BW,

            After all you went through with the Barrel 27 escapade, I thought you and your brethren would develop thicker skins…..LOL.

            I thought I was commenting on the French buffoons, but take it as you will……

            Reply
            1. BargainWhine Post author

              Hi EHL. It’s just that, over the years, I’ve seen too many online discussions get hijacked by petty feuds set off by far more innocuous comments, so I try to prevent anything heading in that direction at the earliest opportunity. Thanks for reading and commenting, though.

            2. EHL

              No problem, BW……..I understand and will try to curb myself in the future…….although it is always more entertaining and fun when people are willing to receive, as well as bequeath, these little subjective gems of appraisal……don’t you think……LOL. ;}

    2. BargainWhine Post author

      Hi EHL. I’m glad to hear you also liked this wine, and thanks for the link to another review. I forgot to add that it doesn’t seem ready to go over the hill all too soon, so, if you like the wine, a case may be in order even if you won’t drink it all right away.

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