omg. That was BAD.
This wine was first recommended to me by a sommelier at a very fine restaurant in Chicago. After ordering a bottle, I immediately had to get a case for myself. My guess is that you got an OLD case. I've noticed that when Wine Chateau sells it at this price, the vintage is old, and probably has not been stored correctly. The wine generally wholesales for around $14 - $15 so at this price (under $10)I'd be skeptical. Probably the wine has been sitting in a warehouse and its going bad so they are trying to unload it.
This is a pretty good price for this wine. Red Splash is a perfect everyday wine. The taste is like bing cherry, plum and it has a nice spice aroma, like cinnamon and nutmeg, but not overwhelming. Drink with friends and let the Pot Roast simmer awhile.
Wine Maker Notes
The grapes in our Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon come from our estate vineyards in Sonoma and Russian River valleys, as well as from growers in Sonoma County’s other top appellations, including Carneros, Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley and Rockpile. Each carefully selected vineyard contributes distinctive and individual qualities to the finished wine. All grapes are hand-harvested, gently de-stemmed and crushed before cold-soaking for three days to extract optimal color and flavor. The fruit is then inoculated with many different yeast strains to build complexity, then fermented in separate lots using a combination of pumpovers and delestage to soften tannins. Secondary malolactic fermentation occurs in 50% American and 50% French oak barrels – 25% of which are new.
In 1971, Joe Martin, a San Francisco businessman and his wife Emma purchased the 100 acre Behler Ranch Vineyard in Sonoma Valley, located in the historic town of Kenwood. In 1979, after several years of growing and selling grapes to local wineries, the decision was made by Joe and business partner Lloyd Canton to build their own winery. St. Francis Winery was established and christened after St. Francis of Assisi, in recognition of the Saint’s role as a protector of the natural world and as acknowledgement of the Franciscan order, believed to have been the first to bring European grape cultivation to the new world. Tom Mackey was hired as our first winemaker in 1983, and earned significant recognition and accolades for St. Francis and our wines during his 29 years at St. Francis. Tom served in that role until his retirement in 2011.