Arroyo Grande AVA, California; 13.25% ABV (I don’t recall seeing 2 decimal places before)
$7 at the Richmond, CA, store on 15 May. Plenty at Berkeley.
On the first night, I didn’t like this wine very much. It was a little sulfurous, especially at first. Later, it still seemed a little rough and poorly integrated, tasting of tart lemon, a little yellow apple, with a finish of oxidized or slightly spoiled apple. There were moments when it seemed like there was a nicely delicate Chardonnay in there somewhere, but on the whole it didn’t emerge.
I liked it much better the next day, when it showed barely ripe fruit of pineapple / yellow apple, lemon, green apple, and vanilla, still with rather crisp acid. While there’s still a hint of the first day’s sulfur, overall the wine has become delicately flavored, entertainingly complex, and nicely integrated.
I didn’t get to finish the review last night, so I got to sample some on the third day after all. It had become dominated by green apple, even more acid, and I wouldn’t recommend it. Overall, I really wanted to like this, and on the second day there was a lot good about it, but I thought its nice nuances were generally overshadowed by its acid.