Paso Robles, CA; 13.5% ABV
$8 at the Richmond, CA, store on 20 Nov
This wine caught my attention because the back label gives brief tasting notes for each of the five blocks of Cabernet that went into this wine. I figured that if they were that careful about the blend, the wine might be pretty good. This wine’s soft and ripe style is not really to my taste, but this is a good version of it.
I thought this young wine needed about 90 minutes in a decanter to show full-flavored candy of ripe, purplish red cherry and lighter blackberry, some black pepper and other earthy spice, with a slight herbal note. It has a fair amount of the “cheap oak product” (wood chips or liquid oak extract) I dislike, contributing a lot to the sweet, candy-like nature of the wine, but not overwhelming the Cabernet fruit flavors.
The next day, the second half (stoppered in a 375ml bottle with very little air) still needed about an hour of air to become more dark and rich, slightly syrupy. If you like this style, it would be safe to stock up on this wine, since it should easily last a few years more. Myself, I’ll look for something made more dry and with honest oak.