While modestly priced and neither thin nor bland, this wine is way over rated in the Wine Advocate with a 90 point score. The central problem limiting its quality is that it lacks the delicious fruitiness that makes Grenache so attractive even at the lower price level without needing any maturation in oak. Secondarily, three things are present in the wine which detract from its enjoyment. The worst is an invasive sugar candy taste, along with a slight leafy flavor and a hard edge to the tannin. The combined effect is that the wine is satisfying neither by itself nor with food. Tasting it over two days revealed no improvement at all.
This has a medium body and little fruit. It seems a bit dried out and tired. It was just OK the first day I had it, but after a day or two I really did NOT like it. Guess this is due to "bottle variation", since Parker / Jay Miller rated it at 90 points.
New world, sexed-up style for American market. Sweet, almost syrupy fruit bomb. Lots of alcohol, vanilla, cherry cough syrup with a cassis kick. Do not like this type of thing. Not food friendly. As you can see by other reviewers, just the type of $12 wine that makes some people think it's the second coming because of the style. No thanks.
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