With the label featuring a black and white photo of a sweet Labrador Retriever, how could one possibly leave this bottle on the shelf?
Iâ€™m not clear on exactly who makes this wine — the label lists both Vinum Cellars and Wilson Vineyards, and states that the wine is from Clarksburg, California. Iâ€™m guessing that Vinum Cellars is the producer, and Wilson Vineyards is the winegrower?
Anyway, who or where it comes from matters not â€¦ it is a very enjoyable wine: polished, smooth, well-structured, and ready to drink.
The nose is fairly closed at first, but if you let the wine sit in the glass it will eventually offer inviting aromas of sweet black raspberry, blueberry, a touch of tar and hints of black cassis and prune. In the mouth the first thing you notice is a smooth-as-glass texture, which carries forward, ripe red and black fruits — plum, raspberry, some touches of herb, earth, and pepper, as well as a delicious spicy component that resembles cardamom, cocoa or vanilla. Acidity and tannins are at medium to medium-high levels, and in good proportion to the juicy, almost jammy flavors. Fairly enjoyable on its own, this wine really finds its potential next to a ribeye or skirt steak. Will also do well with other grilled meats, dry cheeses, and short ribs. Added bonus: a portion of the profits for this wine go to the wineryâ€™s local animal shelter. At somewhere between 10 and 13 dollars, this is a very good value.
a-8 t-9 b-9 fc-7 v-8 ~ 91 Points
Website: Vinum Cellars
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