Red Willow Vineyards, Yakima Valley, WA; 14% ABV
$10 at the Richmond, CA, store on 18 Dec
When this showed up at the Richmond store, there had been some discussion here (and here) about a Cavatappi 2008 Sangiovese. In particular, Lim13 wrote, “I’ve never been a fan of Peter Dow’s wines…just personal taste. Almost always austere and high in acidity.” So, on one hand, I think I sometimes like wines that are less fruity than he does, but on the other… he’s usually right. 🙂 But after a couple days, curiosity got the better of me and I purchased this bottle. I actually like it a lot. I found it an interesting and tasty New World version of the Nebbiolo grape.
This wine was pretty good from first pour, but has held up very well for 3+ hours now. It shows nice cherry fruit (ripe red, dried, and tart), with nice complexities of light earthy leather, roses, and dried orange peel. For me at least, this is a pretty subtle wine. Treat it as you would a more delicate Pinot Noir. Unusually for me, I preferred its temperature on the cooler side, when I could better taste its complexities over its New World fruit that is more sweetly ripe than the Italian Nebbiolos (Barolo and Barbaresco) I’ve tasted. It’s probably fully mature, and I did not find it too austere or acid. Tonight, it went well with roasted Cornish game hens (GO, $2 each, IIRC).