“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
I 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.