Sonoma County, CA; 12% ABV
$4 at the Richmond, CA, store on 23 June
As promised on the back label, this wine is indeed quite dry. Even so, I didn’t like it very much at first, as it seemed dominated by heavy yellow fruit (melon and some apple) and bitterness of skin or rind. I thought it was not good at all, but it seemed kind of structured and maybe better the next day.
I came back to it after it had been stoppered in the fridge for about 3 hours, and it surprised me by having opened up very nicely. The fruit flavors, more delicate and delineated than at first, also included some white pear / flowers and green apple. The finish is still slightly bitter, but much less so, and it’s a suitable balance to the pleasantly ripe fruit.
I had been looking forward to seeing what this wine was like the second day, but my wife beat me to it and finished it off. So I guess I’ll just have to stop there, with the recommendation that it seems like a decent buy for the money.