A bit dark for a PN; deep vivid raspberry-garnet colour. Nose is fairly hot, earthy, with sour cherry and cranberry fruit, tartness, and a hint of funk (in a good way). Tasted, it's quite sour (but not unpleasantly so) with robust acidity, and great tannins for a PN. Medium bodied with light moutfeel. It's a bit hot. Less fruity than the nose suggests, though cranberry and strawberry show through. That funk is mushroom, and there's a bitter hint of tobacco - overall, this is complex and interesting. Finish is long and slightly bitter, showing lots of that mushroom, as well as dirt and a hint of black pepper.
85/100 COLOR: 5/5 - Rhubarb/raspberry red, bright, and light-bodied NOSE: 11/15 - Shizophrenic nose starts with pencil shavings and mesquite smoke as the dominant aromas with raspberry vodka and strawberry kool-aid playing hide & seek in the background. FLAVOR: 6/10 - Entry is hot and tart with lots of minerality. Smokiness from the nose carries onto the palate with boysenberry in the background. FINISH: 6/10 - Raspberry sour-patch kids; fairly short. POTENTIAL: 4/5 - The potential is in the bottle for this to be a much better drink down the road than today. The fruit is there, but playing second fiddle to the structural components of wine. This drinks like an adolescent wine that will be quite a charmer when it emerges from its awkward years. OVERALL: 3/5 - There are plenty of individual things to be excited about with this wine, but the players don't have a game plan and my overall impression is, "awkward." This wine sets itself apart from many of its $20ish peers by having character and potential and, once the rough edges smooth over, will be very presentable. Recommend cellaring for a bit longer; will likely be more of a food-wine than one you'll drink by itself.
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