2005 Pope Valley Winery Napa Valley Sangiovese

Price: $6.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

Per the winery, well nothing on the ’05 which appears to be from Haus Creek but I did find an ’06 that is likely a different bottling here

What I Think:

A sangiovese in Napa Valley? If you are like me you’re thinking WTF? On opening the question is not answered. The wine is light and seems thin, almost pinot-ish. More fruit forward than its Italian brethren it started to show some cherries on day 2. Still so light that it is better without food which overpowered this diminutive wine. Perhaps this would be better chilled like a rose, which this winery does make from sangiovese.  I’ll let someone else find out. 

Rating: Skip It

2005 Pope Valley Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $7.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

Per the winery…well couldn’t find anything on the ’05, nor the ’04 but the winery owns up to the ’03 at a tune of $26 a bottle for the Eakle Ranch, not sure if this was what I had or not. Anyone out there know? Otherwise I’ll check on my next TJ’s visit.

Here nor there, it looks like you are stuck with me on this one!

What I Think:

As mentioned in the Santa Cruz Mountain Cabernet post I tried these two more or less side by side.  Again, no help here from the experts so you are stuck with me…This wine must be freshly bottled; wish I could find some information as the end of the cork was not even red yet. Was it bottled yesterday? This wine was good. Big, bold and dark but it came off as slightly manufactured. Nice forward fruit. This wine is somehow disappointing & better than the Santa Cruz Cab mentioned above at the same time. I am guessing because it is made for the mass consumer market and therefore straight forward, familiar and comfortable. On Day 2 the nose seems to have shut down a bit but the wine is still rich and opulent. I finish the bottle confused. Pretend I’m not here and try it if you would have. Who knows if the stars align I may try it again to…

Rating: 12th Bottle