Napa Valley, CA; 14.2% ABV
“Homestead 1897” is apparently a project of Pope Valley Winery
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 17 Oct
I seem to recall there was a Cabernet from this label not too long ago that I tasted and thought was reasonable, although I never got a bottle. So I had some hope this white blend might be good, but I was disappointed.
It tastes like a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, which I think are the main two white grapes grown in Napa Valley. Pretty much right away, although especially warmed some from fridge temp, the wine showed ripe fruit (but not over-ripe) of melon (green, yellow, and white), yellow apple, lemon / lime, balanced with acid of lemon / lime and white melon, with some vanilla, and a sort of rough finish. I wanted to like it, but the flavors were never integrated and delineated, and the rough finish never went away. Each taste started out very promising, but by the end I found myself wondering if maybe it would be better with a little more air or a little warmer.
The next day, the fruit was a little more forward and the finish a little rougher, but otherwise much the same. For me, this was on the lower end of Drinkable, and I think it’s overpriced at $5.