Sunday, September 19, 2010

Chez Ray Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi, CA (from juice), 2003 - Wine Tasting & Review

The Chez Ray Cabernet Sauvignon from Lodi, CA for 2003 was made from juice, no skins.  In the glass, it is mid red, with pale highlights at the edges.  Aromas are tangy, juicy fruit, with a hint of oak.  On the palate, the juice origins are clear - almost no acids or tannins, bringing a dry Welch's grape drink to the mid-palate, backed up by a characteristic taste that I have only noted before in this blend.  Years ago that character was offensive, now it takes a gentle, and not unpleasant supporting role.  I would go with two stars on the Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for relative inoffensiveness.  Not one of my strongest recommendations.

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