Good Morning Gentle Readers,
After much zen-like concentration, TWC picked it out of the bargain bin at the Two Buck Chuck store. It was Four Bucks US ($3.99). Turned out to be a sleeper, too. The tipping point? It's a Napa Cabernet. Not a guarantee, but a good way to hedge your bets.
History of the winery here. There's something a bit odd here though, as Daniel Gehrs, an original partner who was turned out when the partnership went sour, turns up as winemaker in 2005. Hot Tip: All partnerships eventually turn sour. I will, while wearing my tax accountant hat, invariably advise against partnerships as a matter of course. You show me a partnership that has weathered the years and I'll show you a hundred thousand that have gone to blows.
I would concur. It expresses the typical feel of what we've come to expect from a good Napa Cabernet. The wine is a perfect accompaniment for a grilled steak or beef stew.
Repeat after TWC: I've had wines costing two or three times as much that weren't half as good.
Amen, Go In Peace.