Sierra Foothills, CA; 14.0% ABV
Cellared & bottled by Napa Wine Arts, Napa, CA
$6 at the Richmond, CA, store on 11 Feb
This looked interesting because I’ve previously very much liked Rhone varietals grown in the Sierra Foothills AVA. The color through the bottle was a little bit translucent, but of a good color, so I was expecting a wine with medium body and good flavor. That was what I got, except…
The wine has tasty ripe and tangy flavors of red, lighter purple, and slightly blue fruit, with the earthiness I associate with the Sierra Foothills, but there is also a tinge of spoiled-ness or vinegar that didn’t air out and that I couldn’t get past. If all bottles were like mine, I have to go Thumbs Down here. Did anyone have better experiences with this wine?
The next day, the saved, single-glass, screw-cap bottle of this wine was worse. Not only was the slight spoiled / vinegar character still there, but the fruit had become more cheap candy-like.