Central Coast, CA; 13.5% ABV
$6 at the Richmond, CA, store on 8 June
I usually pass on somewhat generic-looking California Cabernets like this, but another customer recommended it. Given its high recommendation, I was disappointed.
On the first night, it showed rather simple, ripe bing cherry fruit followed by the artificial vanilla and cooked rhubarb (which may or may not be from American Oak) that I dislike. Although it’s not in any way flawed, I did not like it at all.
On the second night, the saved single-glass screw-cap bottle of this wine was better. The cherry and vanillin / rhubarb flavors were better integrated, and the fruit was less fresh and more, well, wine-like. Still, it was hardly exciting.