California, 13.9% ABV
$4 on 3 July, but this bottle was an unsolicited gift from Sopheap at the Richmond, CA, store.
This is another wine which has been around for a long time, but which I’ve disdained as being only from “California” and for not telling me what grapes are in the wine. However, I think Sopheap wanted to show me what I had been missing, so he gave me this bottle.
It’s pretty good to drink right after opening, but becomes softer and more integrated with air. The wine shows jammy fruit of cherry, blackberry, and dark raspberry, with decently balancing acid of those fruits, and a slightly herbal finish. I have no idea what grapes went into this wine, but I would guess it contains Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel and, heck, everything has Merlot in it. I generally prefer wines less jammy than this, but I agree that, if you like this style, it’s quite good for $4.