Firstly, apologies for such a delay in my updates as of late – to say the last ten days have been busy is an understatement. I’m happy to report that I’ve been occupied with other ventures in the wine world, so I now have more to contribute here on my site and have tried a handful of wines to add. So let’s talk some wine.
The Wine: For quite sometime I’ve been eying this bottle of TJ’s Reserve. It doesn’t have the same label as the other Reserve wines, nor do most Reserves say so clearly who’s behind the label; in this case it’s Stonehedge Winery in Napa Valley. I like Stonehedge because their wines are down to earth price-wise and are known to deliver value in their offerings. Is this wine any different?
Color: A candy colored glossy plum which has some depth and crisp clarity.
Nose: A very noticeable presence of red/dark fruit leather, a little vanilla/oak, alcohol is present by certainly not overwhelming at 13.8% and some nice baking spices.
Palate: Here’s an atypical everyday Cab – dark red berries, vanilla, little acid bite, mild tannin snap, smooth sippin’ wine oak rounding out the finish.
Bottom Line: Worth-Buying
This wine reminded me a of a smooth and balance Zin. There were no characteristics which jump out and dominate the palate. It’s all there and in equal balance. There was however nothing really that interesting about this wine. This is certainly a result of the different vineyards and appellations used in blending this wine; I also wouldn’t doubt if there was some Merlot and a splash of Malbec in the blend. With good confidence, I’d buy this wine for good ‘a drink now Cab’. My recommendation is however to not keep this wine open for more than a day or two, it wasn’t as pleasant after three days.
- Price: $10
- Alcohol: 13.8%
- Appellation: California
- Cellar: Stonehedge Winery