33% Zinfandel, 23% Alicante Bouschet, 23% Syrah, 21% Mourvedre; 14.8% ABV
Sonoma County, CA
produced and bottled by Seghesio Family Vineyards (info sheet here PDF)
$10 at the Richmond, CA, store on 15 July
This wine looked like an unusual offering from the GO, so I made a pricey indulgence. 🙂
On first pour, it tasted of roughly textured fruit, startlingly acid. After about two hours (I think, I’m afraid I lost track this time) in a decanter, the fruit had smoothed out and darkened, but the acid was still on the strong side for contemporary CA winemaking, more like an Italian wine. Very enticing nose of red / purple and black fruit. On the palate, tangy dark fruit of black raspberry / boysenberry and purple plum jam, allspice / black pepper, and wood / black earth / hint of tar, with a touch of hibiscus tea in the acid. After about 2:40 in a decanter, the fruit becomes much softer and riper, with the acid becoming more integrated and less sharp. IMO, this is very good wine for the price.
A couple days later, the saved single-glass, screwcap bottle still needed a bit of air for the acid to die down a little, but not all that long, and it’s not that bad a little on the acid side, too. Unfortunately from my perspective, it never reached the soft, dark and rich state that the first portion of the bottle did. Instead, it was always more medium purple and more acid. So… I’d guess you shouldn’t keep this wine that much longer.