Columbia Valley, WA; 12.3% ABV
$6 at the Oakland, CA, store on 25 March
Although the back label reads “vinted and bottled by Cloud Cap Winery,” I could not find anything about it online except for a few menus serving this wine.
Upon opening, the wine shows somewhat lean, lighter red fruit that doesn’t seem very promising. However, after about 75 minutes in a decanter, it filled out nicely, showing textured fruit of darker boysenberry, blueberry, and mulberry, with a little lighter violets / roses, and a nice fruit / acid balance. It’s slightly funky in the finish, but not in a bad way. Quite pleasant to drink, but don’t try to age it, as it doesn’t have the structure to last. (It just occurs to me, it could have been good blended with a little Petite Sirah. Is there PS in the Pacific Northwest?)
The next day, the second half (kept stoppered in a 375ml bottle with very little air) was redder, more acid and simple. It was still decent to drink, certainly better than the other GO wine I opened, but I definitely preferred it on the first night.