After enjoying a couple bottles of the 2012 I suddenly found myself confronted with the 2010 at the very same store. Guess someone found an old warehouse stash or something. Thankfully this vintage is just as good with soft berry fruit as a counterpart to a slightly rustic edge and mederate grip. Decent acidity keeps it lively.
I didn't have the "pleasure" of tasting this on open, but a day later, it is a mix of pretty spice, sweet artificial-like fruit, and a slight bitterness. There is certainly a lot going on here for a cheap wine, with medium tannin and acid, and chocolate, herbal, and spicy notes on a rich satin frame. Not a style I enjoy, but not bad for the money.
Well I guess Paul Hobbs is going to kick me off the list if he finds out I bought and drank this one but I am a sucker for Nero d' Avola. Flat as a pancake upon opening; almost no nose and unidimensional palate. Opened up almost immediately adding acid and nano-tannins. Second day, an almost fruitcake cornucopia of aromas including mostly red fruits but also cloves, cinnamon. On the palate, tart Cherry Heering with pretty impressive acid, cloves, zest and fruitcake spice. Sweeter as well. What do you want for $5 at Trader Joes? Not bad! Addendum: don't let it sit for more than a day or two as it becomes sweeter and disjointed--ugh
First day this showed a contrast of green, chalky tannins and candied fruit which I disliked. Second day: there's more here both on the nose and palate including clove, orange peel, dried flowers and rose petals, and mocha that borders on one of the aromas I loathe not just in wine but all aspects of culinary life; carob (goes back to my childhood). The nose still shows cherry jello more than it does an actual fruit but that's now underlined by a rooty earth essence. Overall I like this wine with its black cherry robe, a nice assortment of aromas, and a tendency of those aromas to evolve more than you might expect from a four dollar wine. On the finish the fruit is a bit more pure with a lift from the acid. The tannins are less tacky as well. Drink this while your serious wines age and do so by Christmas, 2013
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