Strangely, I have a bottle of this. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you where it came from – it’s so hard to keep track of so many bottles, you know? Here are SWMBO’s and my notes:
PnP at cellar temp:
Me: pretty, diaphanous, magenta color. Pretty closed nose, a bit of red fruit is barely peeking through. Palate has thin flavor. Tannins and acid, neither of which are very strong, are out of balance. Front and mid-palates are pretty hollow.
SWMBO: “I really like it.” She says the tannins are mild which she likes. She describes it as smooth.
After about an hour:
Me: much more expressive nose -- nothing complex, but certainly fruit coming through. Palate is much fuller. The wine is far more balanced with the tannins and acid, which (to my disappointment) have both almost completely disappeared. The finish is really short. The wine is sweeter (not sugar/RS sweet). It shows berries and that’s about it. If this wine is in the $9-$12 price point, I think it’s a nice daily drinker, although I’m not sure I’d grab this over a CdR (which range from $10-$16).
SWMBO: she says sweet berry (without knowing I said the same thing). SWMBO likes it although, when forced to compare, a bit less compared to the PnP. She feels the tannins more now (I think because they don’t spike at the end only; they’re more present throughout the entire palate, although not really strong for my palate). She’s guessing this wine would be around $15.
All in all, not a flawed, bad, or un-enjoyable wine. Simple, not tannic or acidic (perhaps not the most food friendly wine, although for a light chicken dish, it’d work). It’s competing with CdR and other domestic GSM blends. I’m guessing (since I don’t know the price yet) that it would beat most, if not all, domestic GSMs but I’m not sure it stands up to a village-level CdR. For me, it’s drinkable, although not exciting. SWMBO would pay $15, but not more. I’m not sure I’d pay more than $10-$12, but in that range, it’s better than what you could find in the grocery store. Also, I think it’s worth mentioning that most of us who have been around long enough to taste multiple woot cellars offers agree that a year does wonders for woot cellars reds.
As always, I’m around. Questions, comments, insults, compliments, or cash donations are all welcome.
"If drinking is bitter, change yourself to wine." -Rainer Maria Rilke
"Champagne is a very kind and friendly thing on a rainy night." -Isak Dinesen