Why is it so hard to find a good image for this wine? It’s deserving of more than this little Jpeg image. I found this when Holly and I were at Target bra shopping (I know, details). I was a little stunned that the 49ers were not winning the game this past Sunday, so I decided to pick up a bottle of wine. This one not only got my attention because of the bright weirdly colored, psychedelically attempted label, but because it had a blurb on the shelf saying it was Tyler Florence approved. Any wine that passes muster with a chef usually has some chops to it. That was indeed the case with Pop Crush.
When I uncorked it, wow, what a fragrance it had. It was full-on heady delight. After it was exposed to air for a hour and half, the smell had significantly declined, meaning just that it wasn’t full-court press, but rather, a nice floral aroma. When I finally had a glass, wow. I had to stop and have another sip. It is delicious. It is incredibly tasty, with a bouquet of cherries, raspberries, and a little bit of caramel. Caramel. First time I’ve run into that in a wine, and I hope I run into it again sometime soon. The taste did not diminish, in fact, it got more delicious as I drank the glass.
The only downside to this wine is that I had to cork it and not drink the whole bottle. Four days later, I had a glass. Whoa. Whole different wine after it was re-corked. It lost a lot of the oomph that I experienced having that unforgettable glass on Sunday night. I’ve had many great wines that maintained their tastes after being corked and drank several days later; this was not the case here. In fact, it seemed to have bottomed out. Those fruits that were pleasantly popping days ago suddenly turned into a dull, flat attempt at a rose’ or a Lambrusco. I would have likened it to a stronger Lambrusco (hello, 13.9% alcohol content on this baby), but it lost it after sitting there in its natural element for several days. All of the reviews I had read were complaining of the same thing, so not quite sure how to advise one, except it’s delicious if you drink it all the first night. That’s not something I really want to advocate, but going from delicious to deadsy days later, is also disappointing for a wine lover, so I’ll leave that decision on your doorsteps.
This retails for $10.99 normally, but it was on sale at Target (is, actually, until Feb 1) for $7.99. Your label instructs you to pair it with meats and pork. I would say BBQ anything, or in my case, grilled chicken breast worked well with it. I had some dark chocolate too, and that really went well with the wine- before. If I had dark chocolate with the wine- after a few days of rest- it likely would not have garned the same praise. I was disappointed that it didn’t retain that fruity, delicious flavor it had the first night it was opened, but there are more wines to be tried and savored. Overall, I give this 4 stars because it was really a pleasant surprise, I just wish it had stayed around past the first act.