Friday, November 2, 2012

Review: *** $ Cellmate Red Wine, North Coast, California, NV

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for North Coast red wines.

By way of background, opening thoughts: N.V. on a wine means "Non-Vintage", or an indication that the year in which the grapes were grown is not being designated for some reason.  Sometimes that is because it may contain a blend of years.  Typically, it is associated with less expensive, less complex wines.  Here it is associated with a higher alcohol, mid-priced wine from the well-known and reasonably well-respected North Coast, California, region.

Original tasting and review : This is Cellmate Red Wine, North Coast, California, NV, finished at 14.8% alcohol, produced and bottled by Sundowner Wines of Healdsburg, California.  Because it is "N.V.", I have no idea of how many months or years the wine has been in bottle. 

In the glass: Medium deep red, no real opacity in the center.

On the nose: Poured with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows soft, languid, high-alcohol black cherry and blackberry fruit, with light tones of lavender.  From the aroma, seems like this will be friendly and showing some age. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact soft deep plums with a light oak overlay.  This one is peaking, perhaps having a few years in bottle already.  No oxidation, but the soft touch is almost turning generic. 

In summary: Overall, rates a solid three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Best value when acquired at a bargain price.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for North Coast red wines.

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