Wine of Origin Western Cape, South Africa
83% Syrah, 9% Grenache, 5% Viognier, 3% Mourvèdre; 14.5% ABV
$4 at the Richmond, CA, store in the last week or so
At opening, this wine showed quite simple, light red cherry fruit with a little sweetness of oak. After 1.5 – 2 hours in a decanter, the fruit darkens and becomes more complex, becoming dominated by flavors of boysenberry / blackberry, less ripe blueberry, and black earth / pepper, still in a lighter body, and still with the artificial-tasting sweetness of cheap oak flavor. (I think what I have been objecting to as “American Oak” is actually wood chips thrown into the wine or something called liquid oak extract.) The wine is yummy enough for easy drinking, but I wasn’t that fond of it.
The saved, single-glass, screwcap bottle was smoother richer, more integrated, but otherwise about the same.