Napa Valley, CA; 14.8% ABV
apparently a brand of Terravant
$6 at the Richmond, CA, store on 26 Sept
This wine intrigued me as a Napa Valley red blend from an excellent year at a decent price. It seemed reasonably promising at first pour, but I didn’t really taste it until it had been decanted for a couple hours. Then, it showed typical darker rich (some thickness on the palate although I’d call the wine medium-bodied) and smooth Napa fruit of bing cherry / redder blackberry, lighter red cherry / hint of cranberry, vanilla oak, and a little seedy bitterness that I found out of place in an otherwise reasonably balanced wine. Although this is supposedly a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Zinfandel, it tasted mostly like Cab to me, with the Syrah and Zin not distinctly standing out. It was not that exciting to me, but it’s still a tasty enough wine, and definitely Napa-tasting, at a decent price.
The second half, stoppered in a 375ml bottle with very little air, was similar, with both the fruit and the “seedy bitterness” more prominent. The fruit was softer and more forward, but so was the dark green / black vegetal bitterness. I didn’t find it too bad, even a little interesting, but my wife, who is usually not that picky, definitely objected. I thought it was still pretty good for the price, and neither really improved nor degraded compared to the first half.