Received as a gift and opened as we needed something to cook with. Nose of stewed red fruit. Dark red fruit on the palate with a touch of olive. Clearly not from top quality grapes. Acceptable wine - certainly many worse at this price point. But given the choice between this and beer - I'm going with beer.
Rich in color, lots of cab on the nose with a little bit of earth. Tastes very fruit forward with medium tanins and some spice. Good flavor, but a little rough around the edges. Could have used a little more time lying down I suspect.
Grade: VG. An impressive effort at this price point, it's a bit of a fruit bomb with Blackberry and Blackcurrant flavors to the fore, decent level of complexity, nicely rounded tannins and a satisfying finish.
My Grades: EXX-Exceptional, EX-Excellent, VG-Very Good, G-Good, O-Ordinary, P-Poor, U-Ungraded
while simple and unimpressive the first day, this wine got much better with air. Although it lacks some in the tannin department, it has enough acidity and tannin not to seem "fat." Dark black fruits, some dark cocao, smoke and a bit of "oaky" vanillin. For $9, not a bad drink, though when compared to more expensive CA meritages from 2008, it seems it should have more acid and tannin.
The wine looks Crimson colored. The legs are Medium. It smells like Blackberry, Red Currant, Cranberry, Mineral, Stoniness, Oak, and Black Pepper. It tastes like Strawberry, Black Pepper, and Mineral. The body is Medium. The wine is textured Coarse. The wine finishes Medium.
At around $10, makes for decent table wine for guests but it's nothing spectacular. I found the overall taste to be muted and dull, and its accents muddled. I'm willing to give it another go, in the thought that it was simply a bad bottle (improperly stored?).
Black fruit on the nose with some mint & chocolate, heading a little towards a confected style. Very fruity in the mouth with fine, subtle tannins and low acidity (but not flabby as such). Some good components in this wine, although none of them reach greatness it's still making a pleasant Friday evening digestif. 84-85pts.
Medium to light bodied. First glass just after uncorking, slightly musty, muted flavor. By second glass after the wine had a chance to breath the flavor opened up and slight musty scent was gone. Good wine, but do let it sit after uncorking to enjoy.
Meritage/Bordeaux blend ever imaginative in components and flavor. This 2008 lists Cabernet Sauvignon as the first grape. Please give the bottle 10 minuets of open time. This is the wine to have available for dinner or entertaining. Touch of pleasant sweet to balance a tongue tingling acidity. Occupies the palate without force, an encampment of joyous juiciness with an undercurrent of rich vine and must. Buy 'em and serve 'em.
Not half bad, actually. Pleasant nose, lots of fruit with an overlay of oakiness that I liked. Medium finish. Not a lot of complexity here, but for the $8 I paid for it, I was more than satisfied. Easy drinking, and actually quite charming.
smell - candied, cherry cough drop, some sinus clearing heat at first..taste - rhubarb, twizzlers, little oaky, medium tannins, low acidity. a sweet, dry red wine that is easy drinking, good by itself or would compliment a spicy pasta dish or barbeque ribs.
Very dense, full-bodied wine for the price. Peppery finish, perfect for a steak. Good fruit, excellent blend. Wine really opens up after about 30 minutes. Fantastic value - grab this while you still can!
Will accompany you every step of the way through a substantial meal. A bit warmer than milder varieties, the grapes in this blends are assertive. Subtle undertones of fruit but, hold on to your seat, you're on for a fast ride.
Very, very fruity. Bright flavors, with a little cherry and apricot. Tannins are mild, though not silky. A little heavy on the merlot taste for me, but overall pretty good. For this price, I'd buy it again.