65% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon; 13% ABV
Bordeaux AOC, France
imported by USA Wine West, Sausalito, CA, for World Wine Headquarters
$5 at the Oakland, CA, store on 7 July
At first sip, this wine’s restrained earthy red fruit was immediately recognizable as Bordeaux. It seemed reasonably promising, but unfortunately, on the first night, we drank it up before it could fully air.
A few nights later, the second half, kept in a 375ml screw cap bottle with very little air, was not especially exciting. While it showed typical bing cherry and blackcurrant fruit, with funky, slightly stemmy, earth, the flavors were a bit simple and poorly integrated. I found it rather boring. It was probably better the first night, although never that great.