had before/with garlic breaded pork chops & salad.

decent coloring, though not the darkest cab with a definitive blackberry nose. whoa, total fruit bomb... almost shiraz/syrah like, doesn't resemble a cali cabernet. tannins and earthy/herbal tones almost non-existant - extremely fruit forward w/ blackberry, cherry & mint with abrupt, short finish. could pass as a table wine for a party with no complaints, drink now. 86
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When they went bankrupt sometime after 1990, the label/trade name was sold and is now used for Trader Joe swill, a la Charles Shaw (another defunct winery). If you like bulk juice bought up and bottled in mega-lots, have at it. Your note sounds right on and typical -- no varietal distinction and little wood/tannin. That's the way to make mass-marketed, cheap "varietal" wine.

It saddens me to see once-proud winery names turned into jug wine labels.

But, different sips for different lips...

highdesertwine
i thought they were solid... i remembered Black Mountain from the person who introduced me to wine about 5-6 years ago, he had some of the 80's you were talking about in his cellar, hdw. when i saw it @ TJ's i thought i stumbled onto something... but i guess not and now i know why, good thing i bought just one to try! Big Grin

FYI - i was being generous with the 86, only gave it that because the fruit actually wasn't terrible, hopefully a reflection of the vintage.
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