Willamette Valley, OR; 12.5% ABV
$7 at the Richmond, CA, store on 1 July
On the first night, I thought this wine was tasty enough, but not outstanding. Over a couple hours of air, it developed nice flavors of black cherry, red raspberry, earth, maybe even black pepper, with the acid a little on the strong side for me. However, the body never much texture or viscosity and the flavors never integrated very well. I thought it was still possible it could be better the second day.
The second half, stoppered in a 375ml bottle with very little air, has a very full nose of ripe black cherry, cola / maybe root beer, and dark raspberry, a little earthy, maybe a little orange. On the palate, there’s what was in the nose, with acid that’s still a bit strong for me and has a slight spoiled component. It’s certainly better integrated, and has intriguing complexity, but I still don’t find it that pleasant or substantial.