50% Merlot, 34% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot; 14.1% ABV
Columbia Valley, WA
$8 at the Oakland, CA, store on 26 May
I thought this looked like an interesting blend, from a pretty good year, from a producer who gave us a few decent-value whites. I also hoped that, at this price, it should be more substantial than our usual GO fare. However, it was not to be.
On the first night, the wine tasted of lighter red, tart fruit, but chewing on the taste gave the impression of buried layer of richer, darker fruit that would emerge with more air. However, even after a couple hours, it never seemed to.
The second night, the saved single-glass screw-cap bottle was richer and a little darker, but still rather acid and not especially tasty. Overall, although there’s nothing obviously wrong with it, I can’t really recommend this wine, especially at this price. Once again, I may have gotten an off bottle. Has anyone had better experiences with it?