There are two schools of thought when discussing great wine. One is that it should reflect the place where the grapes were grown. Each vineyard is unique and the grapes should personify that uniqueness. It's called terroir. Second there is the opinion that by using different vineyards, different terroirs, you combine the uniqueness of each one and make a great tasting wine.
We agree. With both. In the end, we are interested in the results over the methods and like our other selection from Franzia, O'Neill Vintner's feels the same. No question there are great vineyards that leave a very permanent and positive imprint on the wine, but quite honestly, not that many. So, we're going with the taste. Pure and simple.
The grapes for this gem came from Lodi, Sacramento and the Central Coast. It represents the yin and yang of vineyards. Sacramento is very warm, so full ripeness is always present. The cool Central Coast balanced that ripeness with acidity and Lodi's in-between climate fills in any blanks needed.
The result is a blast of lovely, mouth-enveloping fruit flavors of cherry, cranberry and dry currants followed by a floral essence, black pepper and vanilla. At the epicenter of this torrent of flavors are medium tannins to bring it all to a glowing finish. The balance is in such harmony that this gem could match roast chicken with garlic and lemon, pork loin with sage and rosemary, or a lamb leg with as much garlic and oregano as you like.