The Wine: When I saw this stack at TJ’s, the thing which intrigued me about
this wine was the rather unusual blend of Syrah (53%), Merlot (43%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (4%); I hadn’t seen a blend like that before. I’m not a wine-person spanning many decades, so this blend is new to me. (French wine people, is this a blend which originates from a region of France?) The rear label also hypes the fact this wine is ‘bio-dynamic’ which imparts “unique qualities”. OK, the marketing has me; I purchased the bottle.
Color: Rather dense plum color, violet; looks very young.
Nose: Doughy, yeasty, earthiness (Syrah), a hint of wood with almost no fruit.
Palate: Really grassy and moves quickly towards a smoky/toasty finish. Chalky dryness. Top of my mouth was picking up Merlot, my tongue was sensing Syrah. But there was this overall yeasty tasty to the wine.
Bottom Line: Next-Wine-Please!
This wine was just too weird for me. It was actually rather disgusting in my honest opinion. At work today, I tasted a corked bottle of wine which was much nicer to drink than this. I’d almost think this Dynamic bottle was corked, but it’s a screw cap. The blend lacks any clear focus or direction. This was the first time I’d considered taking a bottle back due to dissatisfaction. I’m definitely not seeking perfection at $7 per cork, but I’d expect it to be a palatable table wine. Or maybe I’m missing something? Has anyone else tried this wine? Please share your thoughts!
- Price: $7
- Appellation: Lake County, California
- Cellar: Ceago Vinegarden – Hopland, CA
- Alcohol: 14%