The producer web site says the Arcturus is made from “Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and sometimes even Syrah.” I could not find specific info for this vintage.
Napa Valley, CA; 14.2% ABV
$8 at the Richmond, CA, store on 15 Feb
After the Astrale e Terra 2009 Cabernet was so tasty, I hoped this 2010 Arcturus (Bordeaux-style) red blend would be good, too. It is pretty good, but I suspect it will get better with a little more age.
At first pour, the wine tasted of nicely complex red fruit and some of the black rock that I found in the 2009 Cabernet, but although it became more rich and smooth, the wine never seemed to fully open up to its initial promise.
So I was glad when, indeed, the saved single-glass, screwcap bottle was right away more rich and full-bodied. With a little more air, the wine showed flavors of purple / red cherry, cassis / blackberry, black earth / rock, finishing with somewhat coarsely textured tannin. The last couple sips, as they often are, were more evolved into a not-all-that-complex but pleasantly elegant wine. While it’s not outstandingly stellar, I think two or three more years of cellar time would allow this to resolve into a pretty tasty wine for the price.