Semi-translucent ruddy garnet. Jammy strawberry, cola, and earth nose. Medium bodied, raspberries, pepper, bing cherries, a few grainy tannins, low acid that disappeared by day 3, and a slightly sweet medium length finish. Relatively well made fruit bomb, I guess, but not my style.
Huge structure, lots of fruit, big, big yummy wine, but not a lot of distinguishable flavors - just a ton of fruit all mashed together. That being said, for the price it's hard to beat, and we'll definitely be trying more.
Take this review with a grain of salt since we drank this at a northern Michigan cabin out of plastic juice glasses. Even though this was an inexpensive wine I had really much higher expectations based on a review I had read before buying. The nose was weak but had some black cherry and wood. I didn't get the smokiness I was promised. The taste was quite acidic and hot on the tonge. The finish was long but was not what I would call pleasant. I have one more bottle and will try again out of a more suitable drinking vessel. Also, as most wines in this price range, it has a synthetic cork.
Solid 88pt wine. Enjoyable right upon opening, obvious black fruit mixed with pepper/spice fruit on the nose. A little hot on both the nose and palate on opening. I look forward to seeing how this wine develops over the next day or so. I only bought two bottles of this wine, for 11+ a bottle I may have to pick up another half a case.
Decanted for about 30 minutes, served with fusilli, kale and prosciutto. Light purple color, floral nose. Fruit-forward, brambly, cinnamony, medium-bodied with little oak and nothing much on the tail end. A straightforward California table wine with some fun character but no cellar potential. Drink now and enjoy.