San Antonio Heritage Vintage Red Wine 2002 Wine Review (NW)
In the interest of full disclosure, this wine was sent from San Antonio Winery as a complimentary bottle to The Wine Cask blog.
Fragrant nose of blackberry, raspberry, and vanilla
Soft, plush core of ripe berries and some anise
Smooth finish with light acidity and layers of fruit and spice
I was more than skeptical about this wine. San Antonio Winery is an historic operation in the middle of urban Los Angeles. PB of this blog visited the winery several years ago and had a nice experience. While this wine was not available at the time, he sampled other reds and came away pleasantly surprised.
Of course, they source their grapes from various regions of California and in this case they've put together a proprietary blend to celebrate their 90th anniversary. According to winery information, it's a blend of Syrah, Petite Sirah, Mourvedre, and Grenache. It's a nice, rich wine with lots of fruit and a little spicyness. This makes it a Zinfandel or Petite Sirah alternative.
The reference price is $24, which is fair. After all, it's a limited production proprietary blend that is clearly made with great care. I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed this wine! (Also read PB's review below.) Raise a glass!