I happened to have a bottle of this 2007 Coordinates CS. Don’t ask me where it came from. I don’t remember.
Short version: oaky, new world, red fruit CS. At $20/bottle (not sure what the actual cost is going to be), you could do a lot worse.
I know nothing about the wine at all. I haven’t looked at the alc. % on the label and I have done no research on it. I know it’s a CS and I know it’s from the Dry Creek Valley.
I opened the wine, put a bit in a Riedel O Series red glass, put half of the bottle in the decanter, and the remaining half went into the fridge, corked but in the same bottle.
On the PnP: absolutely huge, new world, nose. Really lovely. It has a bit of heat, but I almost always detect alc. in bouquets. A lot of rich red fruit and a lot of oak. The nose smells dense, if that makes sense. Not heavy, but just packed with fruit. On the palate, this wine is really silky, but the alc. spikes quite a bit in the back end(I’m not usually sensitive to alcohol on the palate). I’m guessing there’s new oak used as there is definitely oak, but I quite like a big fruit/oak wine every now and then. First impressions: this is a big, new world CS, and it’s pretty delicious except for the alc. spike at the end.
After being opened for 1.5 hours, SWMBO poured a glass and I poured another couple ounces. SWMBO said raspberries and vanilla. Still lots of oak. Lots of fruit. Nice finish. Nice structure.
Day 2: not much change. The wine may be a bit lighter, but not by much at all. Still tons of oak, tons of red fruits.
I think this easily competes with other $20-$25 new world, “grocery store” type cabs out there. It doesn’t taste overly spoofed. The fruit is there and it tastes like real fruit, but there is a lot of oak. If that’s your thing, this is probably a pretty good buy for you.
I see a question about aging. I wouldn't age this for more than a year or two. I don't think it's going anywhere in that time, but I can't see it getting better with time in the bottle.
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