Had another bottle in early 2002, and it still sucked.
Opened another bottle tonight, and mmmmmmm, this is good stuff. I wonder what the problem was? Is it that the previous two bottles were just bad? Or did this actually improve with age? Right now, it's nice and smooth, good fruit, not too sweet, interesting smells wafting up out of the glass, all in all a better than average Cheap Wine Drinking Experience.
Times like these make me despair that I'll never figure out wine, generally speaking. You think you know enough to avoid the bad stuff and find the good, and you're still disappointed much of the time - and then something like this $6 number happens and you think, hmmm, well, I guess I just got lucky.
Oh, a follow-up to the Two Buck Chuck: Dan picked up a bottle of the sauvignon blanc, and I had a sip before hiding it in the back of the fridge earlier tonight. It's pretty good for $2, but it still sucks in that it tastes enough like sauvignon blanc to make you wish you had a good glass of sauvignon blanc in front of you - but not good enough to really satisfy that urge. Perfect tantalus, so to speak.