Elkhorn Peak Vineyard, Napa Valley, CA; 14.0% ABV
$9 at the Richmond, CA, store on 15 July
This bottle looked very interesting at first sight. The wine inside the bottle is indeed excellent for the price.
The wine is pretty good after being decanted about an hour, but continues to improve. At two hours, the wine shows a complex nose of dark red and black cherry, perhaps slight plum, orange peel, vanilla, and wood / spice. There’s more of that on the palate, in very nice balance. Despite the slight viscosity of the ripe fruit, the nearly-zingy raspberry acid on the finish helps the wine go well with food.
The next day, the saved single-glass, screwcap bottle was at first more dark and rich, but still basically the same. However, it also became a little more acid, with the plum jam aspect becoming more like dried salt plum, but still very good. While this wine is not at all over the hill, you probably shouldn’t wait another year to drink it, and there’s certainly no need to.