Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Updated Review: *** $ Farmer's Table Big Red Wine, California, 2007 (PRACTICALLY FREE, BEST VALUE)

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By way of background: Lodi, California, is known for some big reds for sure - zinfandel in particular.  This ultra-bargain mixture includes estate Lodi wines with additional wines sourced from around Californina.

Initial review, May, 2011: This is Farmer's Table Big Red Wine, California, 2007, finished at 13.% alcohol - frankly, not such a big alcohol level for the area.  It is a mix of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, alicante and petite sirah.  It sells at a "practically free" price.

In the glass: Farmer's Table Big Red is medium deep red.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows sweet fruit with some suggestive layers.  From the aroma, seems like this will be simple, easy but with hints of intrigue. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact a balanced fruit on the mid-palate, light in character.  There is some oak in there, some dark cherry, a touch of briar.  Finish is simple, fast, but quite clean.

In summary: Overall, a simple but wholly pleasant and balanced experience that rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a best value at its preposterously low price.

Following long decant, one day at room temperature in flat-bottomed decanter:   The nose is quite faded.  The palate has held together, though, still simple and clean. No noticeable improvement.

And even longer decant, two days kept cool in partially-filled bottle:  Deep, subtle yet full nose.  Full, lush palate.  Almost gets a plus on the three stars for this lushness.  I highly suggest the very long decant.  Alternatively, leave this even a few more years in bottle.

Updated review, over a year later,  September, 2012:  Deep red still in the glass.  A little tired and oxidized on the nose.  Palate is fruity and tired too. Don't leave to age any longer.

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