Drank over two nights. Night two was better than night one. This really opened up nicely and was a very full-bodied wine. IMO a great QPR. Good aromas of blackberry and currants on the nose. Tannins were soft and not overwhelming at all. I liked this.
What can one say; this wine is simple and straightforward, but is a smashing success at $7. This is the kind of wine you could give away by the case, and yet the receivers would be favorably impressed. It would be a much better party wine that most of the retch that is often served.
I'm trying really hard to like this wine, especially with all of the "great value" remarks. But I just don't see it. On the nose it's not too bad. Has some decent fruit but there's is also an unpleasant aroma seeping through of old rubber. The palate is where this wine loses me. It's very unbalanced somewhat astringent the oak flavor tastes somewhat artificial and not cohesive with the other flavors.
I honestly think it may have to go down the drain. I'll wait a while possibly until tomorrow before doing so in case it changes but as of right now. No Thanks.
My Grade: VG+. This Monastrell, Cab blend could be mistaken for a Cali Central Coast or even Aussie Syrah and not in a bad way. Great Black Cherry color, nose of dried plums, tar, licorice and shoe polish. Intense, concentrated blackberry, fig, black cherry, licorice, black pepper on the palate, juicy, mineral mid, but somewhat watery finish. Great value.
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