California; 13.8% ABV
$5 at the Oakland, CA, store on 2 Nov; also at Richmond 3 Nov
I had no idea what to expect from this wine, but I picked it up as an intriguing new possibility. I think it’s quite good if you like wines in the darker, riper, style.
At first, this wine struck me as rather thin and insubstantial. I then let it sit in a decanter for an hour before coming back to find it rather different. Not that I can really say, but its style strikes me as more Australian than Californian: dark fruit flavors of boysenberry, purple plum, and cranberry, with a lightly roasted character, very gently supported with vanilla / oak. Ripe, slightly syrupy fruit is well balanced with sharper acid in a longer, delineated taste. I see neither signs of its being too old nor any reason to wait to drink it. It’s still doing well 3:40 after opening.
There is also a Powder Keg Petite Sirah (a grape actually quite different from Syrah), of which I will now probably get a bottle during the 20% off sale Nov 5 – 9.