Oreana Winery Red Table Wine

A wine with a front label consisting of nothing more than a big, orange question mark does not seem promising. The back label tells a somewhat doubtful story of the wine’s origin: tanks of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, originally intended to be bottled as single varietals, were accidentally blended. The question mark refers not to an unknown blend, but to the winemaker’s uncertainty whether this blend was the result of error or fate. Frankly, we don’t care. The nose is full of ripe, dark fruit, nutmeg, and vanilla. On the tongue, it’s almost jammy, with surprisingly assertive tannins. Fans of big, bold, super-ripe California Cabs will find this one a great value. (more…)