(no vintage) California. $5.50 for 750 ml
This wine has won a lot of awards and I can understand why.
For the price alone, there are obvious reasons to appreciate its existence. But when you taste the rich, smooth round flavor with just enough kick in it from tannins and acidity (have you checked out my article on this subject?), you’ll be a little surprised that so much flavor was condensed into a bottle for such little cost.
I thought the fruit flavors where pleasant but I had trouble singling out any particular fruit on my own. Thanks to the bottle’s tasting notes, however, I can tell you that it has been described as “jammy” with “wild berry” and “currant” flavors with hints of oak and clove. Hmm. “Jammy” is usually used as an insult in wine to describe a lack of structure….
In any case, I did get the fruity berry and currant flavors, but in regards to it being jammy, I thought there was enough acidity mixed with it to keep the flavors from falling flat.
I also caught a little of the oak flavor, which makes sense since it was most likely aged in an oak barrel.
But cloves? Not so much for me, anyway.
Bottom line? I’ll be getting this one again.
wine’s website: www.barefootwine.com