Napa Valley, CA; 14.1% ABV
$6 at the Richmond, CA, store on 4 July
This wine looked quite promising, from a single vineyard in Napa Valley, nice label, good year, low price, etc.
On first pour, the wine seemed okay but not particularly interesting. However, the second glass showed nicely complex and integrated medium-intensity flavors of ripe yellow apple with a little pineapple, green apple, white pear, a little bitterness of skin / stem, and a slight aged caramel / nuttiness. The texture was smooth and moderately viscous. This seems quite good for the price.
The next day, the nose is forceful and lovely, showing ripe, lightly caramelized golden apple / pineapple / golden kiwi / maybe yellow / white pear. There’s a lot more of that on the palate, with just a slight tinge of that green apple, well integrated with something a little funky that’s very close to (and might be part of) the oak. It still has the slightly viscous texture, and is still quite tasty, although now in a more over-the-top kind of way, but still reasonably balanced. Given that it needed a bit of air on the first day, I’m a little surprised by how much it changed on the second, but it was very good for the price on both days.