Very dark purple color. Nose is blackberry jam, oak, some vanilla, some licorice.
Attack is black fruit, then more oak (too much for me), licorice. Dry. Chewy tannins. Watery mouthfeel - much lighter texture than expected. Very short finish. Not bad, but not all that great. Very basic.
Quite good cab character of tobacco leaf, cigar box, slight rubbery and blackberry aromas. Med body, fresh wood and blackberry with hint of spicines and mineral that end with soft, juicy finish. A friendly, straighforward wine. Buy - No
This one is an oak monster. It's oak on the nose and oak on the tongue, without much room for anything else. If you're really paying attention, you can taste some of the bold fruit of a Washington wine, but it's unbalanced enough by the oak that the fruit has to struggle mightily to get through. Also, it's very watered down. Literally, it feels like they made the wine, realized they didn't have enough output and then added water to help make up the difference. Now, I'm not naive, I know that adding water to wine is a pretty standard practice, and the water in this wine could partly be due to grapes that took on too much water as they grew, but I've never actually tasted and felt the water in wine. It felt almost like pouring a glass of wine and then adding a couple tablespoons of water to the glass and stirring.
Best bottle I could find given where I am and walmart had the largest selection in the area. Not at all a bad bottle and it went well with steaks off the grill. Always a reliable standby when all else is obviously not good and from California low end labels.
Deep purple red with basically no transparency, or almost none. Wonderful nose of floral bouquet, fresh strawberry garden, and strawberry twizzlers and licorice. Solid wine right from entrance, very dynamic and new world, very similar to Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon, showing wild and red cherries, dry mouthfeel, green, red and yellow bell pepper, the right consistency, the right complexity, the right character -no doubt. Gorgeous, explosive finish, cherry pie, licorice, almost creme de cassis, dry, and looooong. This wine can cellar for another one or two years. Strawberry candy for sure on that finish. I'm writing this notes as the wine has been opened for at least two hours.
Allowed to breathe for 2 hours before tasting. The nose to me is dominated by oak with some dark fruit, black cherry. No mid-palate to speak of but a nice creamy like finish. Had this with a NY Strip steak which went fairly well together. This wine would definately benefit from a few hours of decanting. OK effort.
Cookie Decorating and wine (My house): Nose is very carmelized and vanilla, with just a touch of greenness. Thick mouthfeel, but touched by obvious alcohol. If not for the alcohol, would be a great buy. certainly holds its own for bottle #5 of the night, though...
Wine is dark and beautiful in the glass. Sweet, oaky nose. Still very tannic, not ready to drink, but shows promise of developing into something fine in 2 - 4 years. If drinking now, would decant and allow to sit for at least two hours.