Paso Robles, CA
50% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Tempranillo, 10% Petite Sirah, 7% Syrah, 7% Grenache; 13.3% ABV
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 17 Oct
I was intrigued by the number of grapes in this unique blend, and I’m not disappointed! The wine starts out rather hard and acid, in a way that’s not pleasant yet, but promising. Over the two hours we drank the first half of the bottle, the wine became riper, fruitier, more complex (nice dark red, black, some purple flavors) and the acid became less tart and more ripe. By the end, it was pretty tasty, if you didn’t mind the zingy acid on the finish.
The second half, stored in a 375ml bottle and stoppered with very little air, was far better. It was pretty good right away but still needed two hours of air before really showing its stuff. Then, it had delicious flavors of dark red cherry, boysenberry / plum, dark raspberry, a little sweet black pepper, still finishing with the tangy, ripe acid. It’s full-bodied but not on the heavy, jammy end. Overall, I think this is a good deal.
P.S. JWC in What’s New wrote: Getting back to the JanKris, looks like the parent company Veris was recently acuqired by Castoro Cellars in San Miguel, and the JanKris & Ben Hogan labels are being discontinued, which explains why we are seeing them at GO. The Ben Hogan Tribute appears to be the higher end of the two, selling for $28 at the winery, or at least was…The JanKris retail for around $10, so not a screaming deal here at $5.99, but both appear to have some decent reviews online.