Columbia Valley, WA; 13.5% ABV
$5 at the Oakland, CA, store on 25 June
This wine seemed promising right away, appearing to have more depth of fruit than previous Columbia Winery offerings reviewed here, but it really needed 1.5 – 2 hours of air in a decanter to come around. Then, it showed flavors of dark, ripe fruit of cherry / kirsch, sweet plum, purplish blackcurrant / blackberry / boysenberry, subtle non-fruit complexities of black pepper, coffee or maybe dark tobacco, and toasted oak, with balancing acid and a firmly tannic finish. From the boysenberry flavors, It wouldn’t surprise me if there were some Malbec in this. None of my bottle survived to see the next day, but I expect it would be okay. Nonetheless, I would suggest drinking this pretty soon, since at times there were hints that it’s getting too old. If you, like me, enjoy a wine with New World fruit that is more restrained and structured than most New World wines, this is definitely Thumbs Up.