71% Syrah, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon; 13.5% ABV
$8 at the Richmond, CA, store on 15 May
This wine looked like a nice blend, the back label said “produced and bottled by Impuls Cellars” (meaning they were responsible for the whole effort, not just blending and bottling), and one other thing. The price label from the GO gave the year as 2011, but the front bottle label (pictured) says 2013, a better year. So, I thought maybe it’s something better than it’s priced as. However, the wine didn’t excite me all that much, at least on the first night.
With two hours of air in a decanter, the wine showed elegant and complex medium-bodied fruit of red and purple cherry, black raspberry / boysenberry / blueberry, with rather strong acid, and a finish including prune, tar, and oak. There is some richness of texture in the body. IMO, it’s a pretty good wine, but at least for now, the acid is too strong for my taste (better with food). Perhaps it will age into a more graceful wine.
The saved, single-glass screwcap bottle is better. The fruit is more forward and integrated, pleasantly rich and elegantly complex. The acid is still a little strong, but it’s more of a zing at the end of a longer taste instead of a sharpness that drowns out everything preceding. So, this seems to be a pretty good wine that would be better aged a few years or put in a covered decanter for a day before serving.