The 2009 Central Coast wine has a lot: nice acidity; soft, sweet tannins, oak integration and a hint of smoke, Wine Wisdom author Roger Gentile says.

The 2009 Deep Sea Red from Conway Family Wines is a real oddity, and quite good.

We originally tried it because I noticed the winery's website claimed it sold for $25 a bottle, but in Ohio it is being offered for $12 the bottle. Either the wine wasn't very good and was being dumped, or the wine's wholesaler had made a great buy.

To eliminate the suspense, it is the latter, though I do witness the fact that many wineries "post" a high retail price, the offer the wine at a purported discount. That explains many of those "yellow tag" specials that grocery stores display. In truth, it is a sales enhancer, as we all like a deal.

Regarding this wine from California's Central Coast, the blend is sort of wacky, with merlot, syrah, petite sirah and lagrein, making up the cuvee. It was aged 26 months in oak. The result of the grapes, wood-aging time, and the normal aging process is a deliciously ready red.

The wine shows incredibly dark purple hues reminiscent of pomegranate. The nose jumps at you with intense notes of dark red fru...(more...)its including blackberry, plum, fresh bread, red meats, followed with hints of rose petal, thyme/oregano and lavender.

The entry shows both its very nice acidity and youthful yet soft, sweet tannins. This wine unfolds into jam and cherry cola tastes, supplemented with very nice oak integration. There is this hint of smokiness that adds a great flavor addition. While this would be fine with barbecue, I think a grilled steak, or roasted chicken would pair quite well with this wine. You can find this wine available from Glazer Distributing in Columbus.

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Roger Gentile is the owner of Gentile's, the Wine Sellers – – and the author of two books on wine.