Sonoma Coast, CA; 13.9% ABV
$8 at the Richmond, CA, store on 5 Jan
This wine’s nice appearance in label and color had me hopeful it would be good, enticing me to buy at a slightly higher price for a GO white. However, IMO it’s better left on the shelf.
On first pour, the wine shows a nice but unexceptional nose. Especially when warmed a bit from fridge temperature, the palate opens nicely with fairly complex flavors of yellow apple, yellow / white pear and melon, gently viscous, slightly buttery with supporting oak, mostly hidden hints of green fruit (green grape / green apple / lime). Unfortunately, over time, it becomes more simple and the finish becomes a bit roughly woody. On the first night, it’s a little questionable but drinkable.
The next day, the rest in the bottle has significantly deteriorated. The fruit is more heavy, simple, tart and bitterly oaky, especially in the finish. This second-day flop pushes this wine over to Thumbs Down.