Yountville, (southern) Napa Valley, CA; 14.5% ABV
$8 at the Richmond, CA, store on 7 Feb
Seedboy noted: The Richmond store yesterday had at least two wines made by Dahl Vineyards. Sad story here. http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/murder-suicide-leaves-fate-of-winery-lawsuits-in-question/article_689f018e-22c7-5b73-b729-9658a26e0f58.html I bought a bottle of the zin, for $7.99, and was really pleased. Good fruit without being jammy, well balanced. Although I was also intrigued by the story, I liked this wine less than Seedboy did. (The other wine is a 2013 Sauvignon Blanc.)
At first pour, although this had the syrupy vanillin of cheap oak product, the fruit seemed to promise dark, rich complexity with air. However, even with four hours of air, the depth of the fruit never really came out. The wine showed nice Napa Zin flavors of purple grape, black raspberry, tangy red cherry, and a little black pepper, but it never dominated the cheap oak character I dislike. At this point, I can only call it Drinkable. IMO, the Benessere Napa Zins (see here, here, and here), while similar in some ways, were much better.
A couple days later, the saved single-glass screwcap bottle was pretty similar to how it was on the first night. After a bit more air, it did again show some of the dark, woody plum flavor it had on first pour, integrated well with the other flavors. But it never changed my impression from the first night, that the fruit was on the weak side, seriously impinged upon by the cheap oak.