Treasure Hunter The Closer 2009

Recommendation: Not Recommended.

Winery/Producer: (Cellared & Bottled by) Kit Fox Vineyards; Napa, California.

Grape Variety: Bordeaux Blend: 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, 12% Malbec, 6% Petit Verdot.

Geographic Origin: 85% Napa and 15% Oakville Valley, California.

Vintage: 2009.

Price: $27.99

Purchased From: Wine Merchant; Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Pared With: 1st Tasting: Meatloaf (with no special flavorings) and gravy, baked potato with chives, and cauliflower. 2nd Tasting: Lentil soup flavored with lemon, cumin and garlic; baguette with garlic butter.


    He said: Clear darkish ruby red color. Fairly strong ripe cherry, current and alcohol aromas. Tart sour cherry taste that goes into a medium-long VERY sour finish with fairly strong tannins and acidity. I would have to describe this wine, at best, as less than OK; and for $28 both bottles were a big disappointment.

    Just a side note: When I ordered two bottles of this wine the sales person in the store indicated you never know what variety the wine will be, which ties in with the “Treasure Hunter” marketing scheme (see comment below). And in fairness, I was gullible and it was part of the fun of potentially finding a bargain wine. When I picked up the wine the only information on the label was that it’s a 2009 vintage from the Napa Valley.

    She said: The first sniff was a warning; high alcohol and sour cherry. The sourness continues all the way to the finish and becomes unpleasant along the way. It was best as I ate the lentil soup which has the sweetness of carrot in it but as I finished the soup the sour taste was back. The dryness and firm tannins were pleasing but the thin body was not. I would not buy this wine again if were $15, so the $28 is way over the top.

    Comments: Treasure Hunter wines are are sold as special one time only wines, produced in small lots that were left over during the bottling of high quality “name brand” wines that would normally sell for 4-8 times the Treasure Hunter price. If this is the case this should have been made from wine costing more than $100/bottle. It’s like the “Emperor’s new clothes”…the quality just wasn’t in the bottles we bought!!!

Bar code: 857637000190