Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, CA; 14% ABV
$6 at the Oakland, CA, on 2 Nov
This wine showed very nice and smooth, dark Shiraz flavors of blackberry, boysenberry, blueberry, and cranberry, but fatally marred by a weird chemical aroma and taste. It struck me as some sort of organic solvent that seemed very familiar but I couldn’t quite place, although I noticed no ill effects from drinking it. The next day it seemed, if anything, worse. Anyway, it’s unfortunate because this would otherwise be a pretty good wine. Some may find it drinkable, but I have to go with Thumbs Down.
This may be another instance of a contaminated lot. Did anyone have a good one? Another query: has anyone tried the Sterling Albert Lodi Zin, also around now?