Tangy and light on its feet -- avoids the stewy sweet mess you can get in cheap CA red blends. The zin steps up front with brambly cherry and licorice flavors, and there are some really nice savory notes bringing up the rear; earth, mint, and black pepper. Finish is a little under par, but who cares for 10 bucks.
A dry, somewhat gamey nose with a hint of rose. In the mouth, the wine was never exciting. I kind of limped along. It was never too sweet. Nothing exactly lived up to what it was trying to be. I wouldn't call it tamed, rather it was reserved all around. The tannins opened near the end of the bottle, but even that never overwhelmed you or proved to be interesting.
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