Saturday, May 26, 2012

Review: *** $$ Anticato Jamey's Blend Red Wine, California, 2009, Barclay's Wine

By way of background, opening thoughts: Sometimes in California, a blend of grape varietals is called a Meritage wine.  Sometimes it is called simply a red wine.  Today's is called simply a red wine.  Thanks to importer Barclay's Wine , we are California-based red blend of syrah, zinfandel and cabernet sauvignon from Anticato Wines.

Original tasting and review : This is Anticato Jamey's Blend Red Wine, California, 2009, finished at 13.8% alcohol.

In the glass: Bold ruby red with a little hint of violet. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows sweet red fruit with sharp shards of pepper and spices.  From the aroma, seems like this may be bright, rich and sweet. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much as the nose suggests - a clean bright red blend that fills the mouth with strawberry, blackberry and a touch of pepper.  A tiny touch of charcoal accompanies some bright acids to your cheeks.  Clean finish. 

In summary: Overall, rates two stars with a plus for balance on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: Bright, purple ink nose.  Softer fruits knit more nicely together on the palate.  Blackberry and ripe red raspberries.  With this day's extra air time, I would find my way back to Anticato, raising it to three stars.   As an alternative, consider storing for an additional year to two in bottle. 

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