Dry Creek Valley, CA, 14.9% ABV
$11 at the Oakland, CA, store, probably some time in mid-November
I bought this wine from the Oakland, CA, store a while back, around when y’all were first talking about them, but I only got around to it when I needed something to bring to Christmas Eve dinner with family. I picked this because I thought it would be ripe and fruity, pairing easily with whatever my mother-in-law had cooked up. This wine was, as Seedboy wrote, “Full bodied and ripe but still balanced,” but not on Christmas Eve.
That night, I decanted the wine at home for about an hour before I was due there. Over the course of dinner, the wine tasted of Zinfandel’s typical purple cherry / black raspberry, but it remained rather thin and simple. I gave up on it, and just stuffed the cork back in bottle with about half remaining.
The next day, the wine still needed a couple hours of air in the bottle (i.e., cork removed) to show full-bodied, tangy, slightly jammy, fruit of darker purple boysenberry / blackberry, dark red / purple cherry, slightly tarry, somewhat tart but overall balancing acid of these fruits, oak a little sweet for me but not offensively so, tannin on the finish thicker for a Zin. This was really very good for the money, and would have been a good one to stock up on and lay down for a few more years.