Good price value, straight forward and clean. Has a medium body without any shining characteristics other than easily drinkable and semi-sweet fruits. Flavor doesn't stick around long. Sipped it w/o food, this wines flavor would probably would be overwhelmed by some heavier pairings.
Translucent purple with ruby highlights. Blueberry, spice and oak on the nose. Light to medium bodied, cranberries, cherries, black pepper, soft tannins, and a cinnamon-sweet, short to medium finish. Overall, a nice simple sipper that is more than worth the price.
Seems more fruit forward than 8 months ago but that may be at least partly because the oak has already mellowed out quite a bit. Still getting a candied fruit quality on the nose and palate but more strawberry than cherry this time. Light/medium bodied with mild tannins. Even more sure than before that this should be consumed sooner rather than later, i.e. within the next 2-3 years.
I have very limited experience with Grenache, but if you had asked me what the majority of this blend was made of, I would have guessed Cab Franc, not Grenache. To me it seemed to have the body of a grenache or pinot noir, but the flavor profile of a cab franc. Medium to lighter bodied, with peppery, vegital notes (green pepper) on the palate. I think some of the more prominent green notes blew off after being opened for a little while and more fruit started showing through. I didn't get a lot of oak on this, but often-times I taste that more as a peppery note than an oak note, so it could be present here.
I definitely liked this better after some air time, and in the future will decant before drinking. This was a nice easy drinker and solid QPR. I'm sure this will be fine for a few years, but I don't see this evolving much over that time.
This is very good. Lots of fruit on the nose, with a hint of green pepper, maybe? The initial palate tastes a lot like a young cab: lots of red berry tastes, but the finish is smooth. Not a lot of pepper on the finish, but still good.
I did not pick up the strong oak hints that others in their reviews had mentioned. That may be because I let mine rest for longer after shipment; I'm not sure.
In the glass a light purple color, with moderate legs. At first on the pnp there was not much coming through on the nose except heat, and the wine was thin on the palate. The acidity was present with a bit of spice on the finish, but hollow in the mid palate. Set aside and waited about 1.5 hours to have with dinner.
After decanting, the nose opened up a bit and had raspberry and faint blueberry. On the palate there was raspberry and some dark fruit that was less discernible. The finish was short to medium, with a hint a a spice we tried for a while to place, but could not. The closest thing for us was a hint of cumin or maybe even clove. The most notable aspect was the acidity. Paired with turkey meatloaf and sauteed parsnips and turnips. This wine is best with food. With a little fat on the tongue it really rounded out the mouthfeel and paired with the acidity.
Highly recommend decanting (or cellaring) and pairing with food. This would not be a stand alone sipper for me.
In the glass: Deep ruby, almost violet. Medium, closely spaced legs. On the nose: Bright fruit. Candied cherry, raspberry, boysenberry and a hint of oak. On the palate: Fruit is darker and a little more subdued than on the nose, oak is more prominent. Good acidity with mild tannins on the short/medium finish. Not especially complex but well integrated and paired well with milk chocolate.