October 30, 2020 - The nose is kinda like booze-soaked chocolate and nut bread, and booze-soaked dried fruit. When the bottle was first opened it was more typical Grenache. On the palate it’s grainy, pretty full bodied, with dark dried berry fruit and dark chocolate and something more pastry like and slightly floral/garrigue. Not quite as hot as you’d expect for 15.5% but the alcohol is definitely there. For a big, high alcohol, mass produced budget wine, this is relatively (but not exceptionally) good quality; it has no major flaws if you don’t count the abv as that, and holds together some semblance of balance. But there’s a lot of competition for inexpensive Spanish garnacha and I prefer a lighter and higher acid style. ~5/10
September 28, 2020 - Got better once some alcohol blew off, but initially smelled more like a port than a Grenache. Straightforward and fruity, ripe, simple.
June 1, 2020 - Nice full bodied wine with character, robust tannins and a fruit backbone.
May 24, 2020 - Second bottle on the evening. Not a bad wine, just not super complex. Definitely some earthiness. Easy drinking.
April 4, 2020 - What a QPR. We brought back a case from Seattle Costco. Really liked it. This is first bottle in about a year. Wrong fruit forward with cherry and blackberry. Tannins were nice but are enough to hold this wine longer. For the price, this is a really feat great wine. Will try again In 6 months to a year.
January 14, 2020 - early in it's drinking window
went well with skating on the grill
December 22, 2019 - Bright cherry flavor with a hint of leather on the finish. Good acidity too. This is a solid wine, especially for the price.
October 26, 2019 - This is the type of wine that the Spaniards really excel at. A rich, ripe, Garnacha fruit bomb, bursting with opulent plum and blackberry fruit. A moderate acidity keeps this from seeming flabby. Hints of cracked pepper, stone and mineral linger on the juicy, lip-smacking finish. Flat-out delicious. Don't know how this ever made #29 in the WS Top 100 of 2018, but it certainly over-delivers at just $12.98.
October 25, 2019 - A nose of some fruit and funk, dark purple in color. A medium to full bodied red, with black cherry, meat, dust, finished with pepper spice, good midweek wine. www.winelx.com
July 27, 2019 - Strong Smokey and cigar aroma when first open, which shifts a bit over time. Initial taste has that same cigar-like flavor, moving forward licorice and even a currant.
High tannin wine that opened up over the course of an hour and could be even better second day.