Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Atlas Peak, Napa Valley, CA; 14.4% ABV
$8 at the Richmond, CA, store on about 4 Feb. Long gone there.
This wine seemed at first a bit thin and tangy for a Cabernet, but after about 1:15 – 2 hours of air, the smooth, creamy, ripe fruit emerged: dark red / purple cherry with a little plum, blackberry / mulberry, black rocky minerality, and a little brown earth / caramel aged complexity. You do need some patience for this to air, but it’s very good wine and interesting Cabernet for the price.
The next day, the saved single-glass, screwcap bottle was very much the same, suggesting this wine still had a good life ahead of it, even if there’s no need to wait to drink it.
The Richmond store got this wine, the 2006 Merlot, and the 2010 Arcturus (Bordeaux-style blend that might contain Syrah) at the same time. DavidLikesWine posted positive notes on the Merlot. Has anyone tried the Arcturus?