Photo Courtesy Whole Foods
Three Wishes Vineyards (based in Livermore, California, an emerging wine-production area southeast of the East Bay area of San Francisco; and Ripon, California, in San Joaquin County) is the producer for these wines. Non-vintage, they first became available for sale at Whole Foods Market locations in October. The glass bottles are even made of a lighter-weight glass, which is a green thing to do (fewer fossil fuels are needed to transport the wine to retailers).
We took a swig of these and here are our thoughts. Bottom line: For $3? Good. Is it the best wine we've ever had? No. But it sure beats the quality of a lot of $8-$10 wines. Consider stocking up for the holidays, even if you just need a new vice while you wrap presents late into the night...
There was no detection of oak on this Chard, which ought to please the masses. Pineapples and floral aromas kick into a juicy palate where notes of pineapple mingles with pear.
A lot of Cali Merlots are blah (translation: flat and unremarkable). This one takes a little detour into a Merlot style that's got bright fruit (cherries) matched with currants, too. A cigar-box nose is interesting and gently eases into toasty vanilla and some oak on the finish.
California Cabernet Sauvignon
It's tough to find a good Cab from the Golden State for under, say, $30. At 90% less than that cost, this is a strong effort. Tobacco aromas are followed by black cherry and currant notes that evolve into soft tannins. If you aren't a typical Cab drinker you will probably like this. While it might lack complexity it's not as robost -- and with tight tannins -- as most Cal Cabs are.