Gift Review: San Sebastian Vintners Red (billy)
vintage not available.
slightly yeasty on opening
good deep red color
very intense strawberries and cherries accost my nose.
I take a sip – who! Watch out. Is this strawberry syrup or wine? It was a gift for my birthday from a dear friend who (presumably) had not tasted it before. This is a wine from a small Vineyard in St. Augustine, Florida. I guess we know now why Florida exports Oranges and not wine.
I poured a taste for my wife who aptly remarked that it reminded her of her college days and drinking Koolaid and Everclear. I think “atomic koolaid” would be nicer (and certainly less pretentious) than this bottle.
Maybe I'll let it breathe for a bit, just to see what happens.
Later – the breathing really opens up the Koolaid flavors. I taste Wild Raspberry and Super Strawberry in there.
Seriously, this wine is likely a tourist trap wine. It is made for buying relatives to remind them that they were not where you were and probably didn't have as good of a time as you did – but definitely not for drinking. (except maybe through a “beer bong”)