Alexander Valley, CA; 13.9% ABV
$8 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 17 Sept
I picked this up after being reasonably impressed with the 2012 Masterpiece Cabernet. This is also an interesting wine, but I was less impressed.
The back label says “this wine exhibits crisp acidity, ripe tropical fruit flavors, and a long, complex finish balanced with creamy oak.” I agree with all of that except the “ripe tropical fruit” part. Instead, I found the flavors to be led by yellow apple / lemon but strongly followed by stone fruits (white to light yellow nectarine and peach). I was surprised by the acidity because I think of Alexander Valley as at the northern end of Sonoma wine country, relatively less influenced by cool winds up the valley and thus warmer and producing riper fruit. Maybe the grapes were harvested on the early side? It was pretty good the first night, but the structure suggested it would be less lean the second night.
However, it wasn’t that much different the second night. (Put cork back in the top of the 3/4 empty bottle and put it in the fridge.) Maybe I needed to wait until the third night? Anyway, it certainly could age for years, and will likely improve in that time, although I couldn’t discern what it might become. At present, for my taste and its price, it was only Drinkable.