Previous vintages of this wine have received some glowing reviews, not the least from Wilfred Wong who gave the 2011 93 points, saying “This one is fully-loaded, the flamboyant ’11 Buscardo Garnacha explodes with raspberries and blueberries; saturated and balanced from start to finish.” It is one of the stars of Bevmo’s 5-cent sale. So I grabbed a couple bottles of the latest vintage, though I was puzzled by the the shelf-talker that still includes Wong’s previous review.
It is not good. On the nose there is some cherry, strawberry jam, and herbs but twiggy, green notes predominate suggesting a lack of ripeness. In the mouth, sour cherry with an aggressive acid bite and excessive bitterness mar this wine. There is just not enough fruit to keep it in balance. If you have some of this already, it is not quite pour-down-the-drain bad. It’s adequate to wash down a pizza but it is really quite unpleasant as a sipping wine.
It is entirely illegitimate for Bevmo to use a review of a previous vintage to sell wine, especially when it bears no relation to the current vintage. Shame on them. Of course this is nothing new in the wine industry.