2011 Van Ruiten Lodi Cabernet-Shiraz, CA $7.99

Silverdale, WA    14.2% alc.    (Purchased on 11/6/14)

IMG_185560% Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Shiraz (Syrah)     Permiesworld reviewed the 2012 Pinot Noir here.  This blend comes in a big, heavy, punted BK Whopper-type bottle (it takes two hands to handle it) with a 1 3/4″ cork.  Opaque deep purple with a crimson rim; nose of blackberries, black plum and a slight medicinal quality that I often find in Bordeaux.  In the mouth, it has medium acidity and hits the front of the palate with mildly tart dark cherry and blackberry Syrah flavors, followed by Cabernet black coffee, tobacco and some bitterness.  There is still some of that medicinal character (similar to Walla Walla Syrah funk) along with an odd diesel taste in the finish, that didn’t really bother me at first, but eventually began to detract from my overall experience of the wine.  The tannins are rather light and texture-wise, this red just seems thin and washed out at times; lacks complexity.  It’s flavorful enough and by no means a fruit bomb, but doesn’t seem to be very well-balanced in terms of tannin and acidity.  Does little for me.



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