I will nearly always part with a few dollars for the opportunity to try a Lodi wine. I found the Talus Collection Lodi Cab at BevMo's five cent sale. Two bottles of this nice juice for less than $10 is a pretty good deal, since I like the wine.
The nose consists of dark fruit - blackberries and plums - with licorice and some pencil shavings meeting a trace of barnyard notes.
Very soft tannins are a surprise at the price point. It's really smooth, even just after opening and pouring. A little more grip might be nice for heavy beef, but I think Talus would do nicely paired with pasta or pork. The mild approach certainly served well for sipping. Graphite rides herd over the juicy fruit. Blackberrries and plums are the palate, too, with herbal notes throughout the four-day span of the bottle.
Appellation: California > San Joaquin Valley > Lodi
Alcohol Level: 13% abv
Acquisition disclaimer: Purchased by the author at a store sale