Nothing to write home about, fancy label and catchy name. I should have known better!
Woody nose coupled with alcohol burn. Fruit worked hard to overpower the alcohol when tasting it, but the alcohol won. Let is sit overnight and it still tasted hot, I just can't get behind it. I guess for the price this is about as expected.
Popped and poured. Fruit came on strong at first, a touch tart in fact. This subsided after an hour or so, becoming much more balanced. Decent tannins, though perhaps a bit green, and even a slight note of what could very well be chocolate. Pleasantly surprised by this bottle. Simple but solid. Heading out for more this week. Next Day: Mellowed nicely into a smooth medium-to-full bodied Bordeaux-blend style. Excellent with rarish lamb chops.
drank with family and friends at a public music performance on the square. It's cool when you take a bottle of wine for a specific reason and you end up being right. Everyone loved it, and it proved once again how great an everyday drinker this is. Notes are the same as before....very little on the nose, but bright and fruity with a pleasant back end. I often think about how good this wine would be if it had just a little more oomph. Oh yeah, then I remind myself it's under $10 and I go back to enjoying my wine. B
Medium density purple-ruby color. Nose is floral, with more subtle notes of the fruit within. A fleeting whiff of petrol too. On the palate, smooth dark fruits present with a little bit of acidity and heat in the mid-palate. Nothing overbearing. Gets even more balanced with some air. Nice black pepper notes. Smooth tannins and a medium length somewhat chewy finish. Overall, while not a super-deep, complex wine, it's got a few layers and is an excellent wine QPR.
At the risk of repeating the play on words, there is very little wrongo with Dongo. We must repair to the vintner to acquire more. On this occasion we were drinking it alongside a rather inexpensive and ordinary California Shiraz and the comparison spoke volumes for the quality of the Spaniard; the depth and width were far greater with plummier and earthier depths. And, at the risk of offending those who want their TNs scientific, we like the yellow "cork" too.
I have to say it: is it wrongo to like dongo? As another wrote, the nose is a little quiet, but the fruitiness is apparent, soft and welcoming with layers of dark fruit seasoned with a little spice and hints of cocoa.
Fantastic bottle at this price point. Nose is a little weak. Very fruit forward wine, smooth tannins....a little too smooth but still very nice. Not a complex wine, but a very balanced wine. Decent length on the finish. A lot more wine than the price tag, that's for sure. I will snatch up as much of this as I can. Easily the best sub $10 bottle I've tasted in '07
I am put off by cute names but this was really a very good wine, bordering on excellent. The wine comes from 45 year old vines, and the varietal is a version of Mourvedre. I'm a sucker for the varietal, so maybe that is why I liked it.
Dark purple, aroma of black fruits and spice, solid fruit on the palate, but a little thin and a short finish. Not a bad wine, nothing noteworthy, except perhaps the price. An easy every day red to open without thinking