Mendocino Cty, CA, 13.5% ABV
$5 at the Oakland, CA, store on 8 Aug
Readers Seedboy and JoelA have already praised this wine in What’s New. Seedboy wrote, “I’ve been enjoying a bottle of this over the last few days. It is a very nicely balanced wine that is not super fruity, it actually has as much savory as it has fruit. I like it a lot.” JoelA added, “I also liked the petite sirah. Black fruit up front, coffee/cola/earthy flavors behind. Still young, could age a few years.”
I agree with them! This is a nicely structured and balanced wine in which neither the fruit nor the tannin is out of control. On the first night, I thought the wine was tasty, with flavors of cherry, redder blackberry, darker roses and vanilla, but still a bit closed even after two hours of air. The second half, stored in a 375ml bottle with very little air, was darker and a little more forward and, I thought, more pleasant to drink. As Joel said, it’s still quite young and should age well for at least a few more years, and it’s a nice wine for those who like to drink a bottle over more than one or two days.