Silverdale, WA 12.5% alc. (Purchased on 7/22/14)
Back label says it’s a blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah. Funny thing, but when I pulled the plastic cork from the bottle, I got a strong smell of clove from the underside of the cork. Winemaker a chef or baker? Someone spill some clove oil in the corking machine? Anyway, I detected no clove aromas or flavors in this non-vintage Cali red.
Found little info on the web, but it appears this label is produced by Adler Fels in Sonoma County and that they also produce a NV white that (according to a Tennessee distributor) received a 90 from Wine Enthusiast magazine. But then when it’s NV, who knows which NV that might have been? Here’s a link to a review of the white that I found.
Brilliant medium ruby color; fruity, understated raspberry nose. Sweet on the front of the tongue, it displays what BW might describe as a little candyish or (to me) candy apple flavors along with slight raspberry and perhaps some cranberry. There’s some rough tannin…likely from the Petite Sirah, which gives it body in the finish. There’s something I liked about this red after the first slurp, but I can’t put my finger on what that might be because it immediately disappeared. The downside for me is nothing about the wine is accentuated…not the nose, not the flavors. It’s incredibly indistinct, yet completely inoffensive. You can coax some flavor from it if you suck a lot of air while sipping. I did find that some wine shop in north Jersey sold it out on sale for $8.99 (regularly $13.99). But I don’t really feel that five bucks for this red at GO is a bargain. As I recall, reader and regular contibutor Flitcraft was not particularly enamored of this wine either.