Tart cherry, raspberry aromas mixed with smoke and other woody notes, the palette is all silky Bing cherry, black cherry, with subtle cranberry and raspberry sneaking in as well in the mid-palette. Faint spice and wood notes fold into the creamy fruit filled finish of medium length. Quite tasty overall, at it's peak, drink before 2016 for best maturity. Purchased at Costco in 2011, cellared in temp controlled cellar.
A couple years in the bottle really helped. The nose was a bit funky, but the wine still has plenty of life left with cherry and red berry fruit backed by refreshing acidity with leather and tobacco notes folding into the silky finish where pepper spice emerges along with more cherry and berry fruit. The tannins have integrated nicely as well, overall, no complaints for a 10 dollar Costco wine, great QPR. I held onto a couple of bottles on a whim a couple years ago, I will drink my other bottle in 2016 hoping for a bit more improvement as I am not confident the wine has peaked yet.
This wine is one we keep in our cellar all the time and it referenced as the "Stick Wine". Year over year it is very consistent and good. It has nice dark ruby color, Nose of fruits, berries, slight earthiness, hints of leather and chocolate, with a medium bodied and smooth tannin finish. Great everyday drinker that is nicely priced.
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