Winery: David Akiyoshi
Wine Name/Vineyard: la STRADA
Wine Category: Red Blend
Grape blend: N/A Italian style blend
Bottle size: 750 ml
Region: Central Coast
State or country: California
Cases produced: N/A
The Barrel Cellar Score: 85 points
Review date: Mar 7, 2019
About the Winemaker: David Akiyoshi has been in the wine industry for over 30 years. He is a wine maker for a well-known wine producer in California; this review is for his own label. David is selling his independent label wine through nakedwines.com.
Color: Deep Purple
Nose: Rose petal, cinnamon, pie crust
Taste: Cherry pie, cinnamon, raisin, fig, vanilla
Assessment: Much of the structure of this wine seems to come from the alcohol, which in this case isn’t a bad thing. When first opened, cinnamon and heat dominated my palate. The bottle needed a solid hour to soften, but once it mellowed, I found this wine to have pleasant character. This is a full body offering, with just enough tannic presence to keep the wine from entering sweet territory. The finish is heavy with raisin and baking spice. I enjoyed this wine; the heat and full body do seem best suited for a dinner/evening wine. It’s priced fairly, it’s unique, and it’s ready to drink now.
Dave Akiyoshi 2016 la STRADA reserve red blend is a good wine. 85 Points.
Pairing recommendation: Steak with havarti mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy.
I purchased this wine at a discount utilizing the same offer I have for you below, or you can buy a single bottle here.