Napa Valley, CA
80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc; 14.5% ABV
$8 at the Richmond, CA, store on 21 October
This wine looked interesting, but I was worried by the notes that were printed on the large price tag for this wine. They mentioned “sweet oak,” which I often dislike. My concern was deepened by Seedboy’s calling this wine an “oaky mess.” However, GLPease, in person, said it was “very nice,” so I thought I’d try one and weigh in. Well, I kind of agree with both of them. 🙂
The wine’s fruit flavors are lovely and elegant — dark red / blue / purple cherry, slight blackberry, with a little earthy / raisiny aged complexity — but they are unfortunately rather light compared to the oak, which is strongly woody and drying on the finish. Although I am a little critical here, it has been selling very well for an $8 wine at the GO, so take this with a grain of salt (as usual, I guess).
The next day (saved in single-glass, screw-cap bottle), the fruit and oak were better integrated, but the wine had overall degraded somewhat. The fruit had become more tangy, showing dark plum / boysenberry, as well as some prune / maybe dark chocolate, with a very slight spoiled-fruit aspect, and still possessing a less pronounced but noticeably drying, woody finish. Overall, I thought this was an interesting and reasonably tasty wine, but not one about which I’m particularly excited..