Sonoma County, CA; 14.8% ABV
$8 at the Richmond, CA, store on 4 Nov
On the first night, I thought this wine needed 1:15 – 1:45 to air, but then showed tasty fruit of dark blackberry / boysenberry, tar, earthy orange / orange peel. I thought, “Well, the flavors are pretty tasty, but the body’s kind of light and there’s not all that much depth to it.” So, I thought, for the price, this is definitely Drinkable, and maybe should be Thumbs Up, but I’m not sure I can go there…
However, the saved, single-glass, screwcap bottle was delicious. The flavors were quite similar, but with a thicker texture, the fruit a little redder and a lot more integrated and aromatic. The “orange” broadened to include some nutmeg, and was overall quite lovely. So… while I still think this wine probably shouldn’t be held for more than a year or maybe two, I’ll go with Thumbs Up!