Paso Robles, CA
47% Syrah, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot; 15% ABV
$6 at the Richmond, CA, store on 24 Oct
This was probably around for a while, but I tend to ignore anything with a golfer on the label. Not anything against golf, per se, but generally I figure the maker’s probably more into whatever sport than wine. This is an exception.
The first thing I noticed is that the end of the cork that was in the wine was completely, very impressively, blackened. The wine itself starts out reserved and a bit acid. To me, it needed about 1hr of air to start showing very ripe, tangy fruits of darker cherry, boysenberry, plum / purple grape, a little blueberry / blackberry, a little liquour-like, with some fruit-skin bitterness on the finish. There’s not much in the way of non-fruit flavors, although it heads in the direction of tar, especially as it continues to air. Its texture is thicker and velvety. Although not showing signs of being too old, it’s perfectly mature, so drink it now or very soon.
The next day, the saved single-glass screw-cap bottle was at least as good, maybe better as it was more elegant and showed more tangy funk, although it still needed a couple hours of air. This wine is from Veris Cellars, who also made the currently available JanKris 2011 Crossfire and Riatta. I’d say that especially if you liked the Crossfire (haven’t tasted the Riatta), or even if you didn’t, this wine is easily worth the extra dollar.