2014 “Pioneer Red”

“Imported by Vinedos La Consulta, Sonoma, CA
Product of Argentina
Vinted and Bottled by S&R Wines, Graton, CA”
unspecified red blend; 14.5% ABV
$5 at the Richmond, CA store on 8 Feb

pioneer_2014_redI usually stay away from non-traditional blends that don’t say what’s in them, but this one somehow intrigued me.  It’s a bit on the soft and ripe side for me, but it is quite tasty and easy to drink.

The wine is engagingly tasty from first pour, showing sweetly ripe red cherry with tangy dark red raspberry, rustic purple boysenberry, vanilla, and a hint of roses / violets.  It smooths out and darkens (including more mulberry / blackberry) over about two hours in a decanter.  The wine is highly Drinkable.

This wine appears to be from the La Consulta, Mendoza, Argentina winery Adelante.  Their web pages mention only Malbec, so I’ll assume this wine is at least predominantly Malbec.  The web site says, “The 2014 vintage was challenging as weather conditions varied from region to region and vineyard to vineyard,” so I’ll further speculate that this wine is Malbec that didn’t meet the standards for their Adelante label.  The label above appears to show an old photo of their winemaker, Ray Kaufman (left), who got his start in Sonoma County, CA.

The next day, the saved single-glass, screw-cap bottle is less red, more blue / purple, but still delicious.


2 thoughts on “2014 “Pioneer Red”

  1. jimgasperini

    I picked up a bottle in the Richmond store 9n the recommendation of an employee and was impressed–agree with both notes. Gone by the time I got back of course, but the Oakland store still has a case and a half.

  2. tonyhecht

    This was a great “sleeper” wine. I agree with all of your flavor notes, but you didn’t mention the terrific body / mouth feel. I wish I’d bought more than two bottles!


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