If memory serves me correctly, not two years ago these Firefly Ridge wines were selling in my local grocery store for about $8 a bottle retail. Admittedly, Firefly Ridge is not readily available at other nearby merchants. But, seriously, today’s posted price of $15.99 seems out of whack. And guess what? Today, Firefly Ridge is on sale for $7.99 a bottle. So, yes, I bought one to try.
Notes: The color of this California Cab was a dark ruby. The bouquet brought me scents of cherry, plum and tea leaf. The body was light, tannins were light, and acidity was fine. Alcohol was a little low at 12.5%. On the palate, I tasted sweet plum and cherry – mostly sweet plum. There were also hints of cassis and leather along with herbal notes. On the finish I caught a tiny dash of pepper and eucalyptus. For a Cabernet Sauvignon, I found this to be a fairly disappointing experience. The wine was sweet with very little structure. I’m not saying this is a bad wine, but it isn’t a good exemplar of a Cabernet Sauvignon. That being said, it may well be a good selection for the season of Sugar Plum Fairies dancing in people’s heads. And when I think of a mulled wine, this one seems like a pretty good base for that. So, maybe this selection will help bring cheer to the holidays after all. But hurry up and get it while it’s on sale for $7.99.