Nose of plum and black cherry and a palate loaded with tons of spice, baked plum, black cherry, some cedary-vanilla and the sensation of alcohol heat (which is a little unpleasant) ... alas not as rich, smooth and complex as their Portuguese counterparts but quite drinkable in a pinch.
Deep ruby color. Somewhat closed on the nose. Big fruit forward on the palate, with flavors of crushed red fruit and blueberries. Lingering finish. Maybe a little graphite. New world but decent acidity. Really nice value.
QPR star. Fruit forward, ripe, nice concentration, plenty of structure to reward cellaring. A little barnyard, and a touch of dustiness and salinity - a lot of terroir. I treat this as an Italian wine at heart, masquerading as a California blend. It works really well with hearty red-sauce Italian-American food (veal parm in particular).
Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of blueberries, marjoram, a bit of earth and some pepper towards the end. Flavors of berries, raspberries and cherries. Tart acidity, medium to firm tannin, full bodied. Drink over the short term.
Had this bottle with a Seghesio San Lorenzo Zin and it held up nicely. A little lighter than the San Lorenzo, but I really like what the other grapes in this blend give this wine. A little more acid and ripe fruit and nice depth. Once again, this wine proved to be a great value.
Bistro wine and more. Tightly wound and bitter at first opening. Needed 30+ minutes to start to open up. This reminds me of Vacqueryras but with more acidity. Shows wonderful dark and earthy flavors but the fruit is muted at this point. Needs a year or two to develop but the potential is there.