25% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Tempranillo, 10% Carignane, 10% Petite Sirah
5% Cinsault, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% Counoise, 5% Graciano; 14% ABV
from Odisea Wine Company, Napa, CA
$6 at the Richmond, CA, store on 1 July
I was definitely intrigued by this complex sort-of Rhone-style blend, and the not-bad label. When I looked at the blend, I thought, “Hey, it’s missing Zinfandel!” It turns out that I think the easiest description of this wine is “Zinfandel,” although with kind of strong acid.
On the first night, the flavors were immediately interesting and quite complex, but the sharp acid overwhelmed the pleasure I found in it. After 2 – 2.5 hours in a decanter, the acid had mellowed somewhat, and the flavors were still very nice: darker red and purple fruits, with earth, prune, slight herbs, and spice, quite assertively complex. Still, I hoped the second half would be more mellow.
Indeed, the second half (stored in a 375ml screwcap bottle with very little air) was a bit better. All the flavors were nicely integrated and tasty, and the acid had calmed down significantly. However, the acid was still strong enough that I’d probably not get another bottle, even if I were not inclined to get something new to review. It was fine enough with food, though.