nov. 20, 2010: we only got the dregs, more or less, of this californian, which is a reliable (for us) mixture of merlot, syrah and red zinfandel. it had been opened for three nights, and i wasn't sure what to expect. but it's held up well. greg said the flavor is good, but that nose wasn't anything special. he said it's smooth and sweet to drink (according to my father, the sweetness might have been due to the zinfandel, since some zins have lots of residual sugar). speaking of syrah, that's the only thing that makes me hesitate about this wine. i think it's because of the syrah that this wine's flavor doesn't seem to change much. 13.1 percent . $9.99 at schnucks.
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.