Around the southland, the sleepy semi-rural town of Fallbrook evokes images of rolling hills and steep rocky arroyos awash in avocado groves not Cabernet vines. Wineries are scarce and it came as a surprise, really, when TWC discovered there actually is a winery in Fallbrook.
First time through, a couple of months ago, and my initial impression was not particularly good. Tonight I accidentally found another one in the rack and figured it needed to be consumed rather than poured out. This time it really wasn't bad. Kind of dry and leathery, but evocative of the distinctive style of Bordeaux. Not as good as the asking price would indicate, but still pretty good. Maybe the last bottle was tanked, corked, shot, a fluke, or something..... [shrugs].
The deep garnet color and flavors of cassis, oak and black fruit are a result of small lot bin fermentation, giving this wine the balance of a classic Bordeaux style wine with a smooth and lingering finish.
The wine is sixteen bucks US from the winery. It will do well with red sauce, roast beef, or smokey ribs.