Rock Springs 2013 (Rhone-style) Red Blend

Sierra Foothills, CA; 14.0% ABV
Cellared & bottled by Napa Wine Arts, Napa, CA
$6 at the Richmond, CA, store on 11 Feb

rocksprings_2013_redThis 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.

4 thoughts on “Rock Springs 2013 (Rhone-style) Red Blend

  1. Jeanette

    I have mixed experiences. I’ve enjoyed several bottles as easy to drink with nice fruit notes to it and then I’ve had one or two bottles that are vinegary…. I have one left and I hope it’s one of the better ones…

  2. Espen

    I purchased the bottle with the same intention as yours and had the same results. Both nose and taste had a clear vinegar taste. Thumbs down.

  3. Zoel

    Had this the other night, and didn’t notice any acid flaws as you describe. Found the Rock Springs pleasant, quaffable, bur lacking any strong call for repurchase. Unremarkable would be my conclusion…

  4. GLPease

    The bottle i bought was corked. I exchanged it tonight, but haven’t had a chance to taste the replacement. I have higher than usual hopes for this one. What i could smell and taste under the TCA seemed quite lovely.


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