34% Merlot, 34% Syrah, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon; California; 14.8% ABV
Bottled and cellared by Spelletich Cellars
$4 at the Richmond, CA, store on 20 July
After the Spelletich Pinot was pretty good, I thought I’d try their basic red blend for a change of pace. Also, I was kind of stunned by the label. 🙂
The wine seemed promising but a little rough at first pour, and as usual, I liked it better after 30 minutes of air. Fully aired after 60 minutes, it shows softer, ripe, California fruit of medium to darker red / purplish cherry with a hint of blueberry / blackberry, good balancing tangy acid, and complexities of raisin, wood, and earth. This pleasant, easy-drinking red seems like a pretty good value.
A few days later, the saved, single-glass, screwcap bottle was only slightly less good. It still needed a little air, and was then at least as good as the first night, but then became good but slightly more acid than I’d prefer. Anyway, for a non-vintage red blend at a low price, it’s pretty good.