“Coastal California”; 12.5% ABV
$5 at the Oakland, CA store on 20 Jan
This apparently came into Oakland as part of some mixed cases, maybe about a case’s worth total, so it’s probably not something most folks will see. But that’s fine; you haven’t missed much.
The wine pours a brilliant light ruby with pretty bricking at the edges. At first, the wine shows only simple, sweet cherry fruit in a lighter medium body. However, after an hour in a decanter, it shows a more complex palate of the same ripely sweet red cherry, slightly raisiny (and perhaps slightly spoiled) red table grape, a little blackberry / blackcurrant, a trace of black licorice, and earthy dried orange peel, finishing with bitterness of grape stem / dried raspberry leaf. For my taste, the fruit is a bit too much one the candy-like side, and the red table grape in a Cab is a bit weird. It could perhaps be interesting if you especially like well-aged wines, but otherwise I wouldn’t especially recommend it.