fetzer cabI was underwhelmed when I tasted the 2012. I’m still underwhelmed.

On the nose the green, vegetal notes are too prominent, a distraction from the dark fruit. After aeration, earth notes appear but in general this is a low intensity nose that gives little pleasure.

In the mouth, it opens pleasantly with black cherry on a medium bodied frame, but as it finishes, tart and bitter impressions disappoint. The tannins are soft and furry, the texture overall too hard.

As a value wine it suffices, but it is quite ordinary.

Fetzer, located in Mendocino County, is owned by Concho y Toro the largest wine producer in Latin America.

Score: 83

Price: $8

Alc: 13.5%

I usually pair the wine with music that creates a metaphorical description of it. But here we need a song that will make the wine taste better. This Gin Blossoms tune brings out some mushroom on the nose and will smooth out the texture.