April 15, 2018 - Massive wood smoke, gets in the way over everything. I guess it's dead.
July 16, 2009 - Heavy oak, vanilla, and spice on the nose. On the palate, some dark fruit but it's mostly hidden behind a wall of oak, vanilla, and back-of-the-throat-burning spice. Yes, my friends, another sub-$10 California oak-chipped wine. God I hate this stuff. Tastes like oak syrup to me. Looking at the other notes below, it appears that this style is enjoyed by many. To me, this is characterless, formula wine designed to mask inferior fruit with monolithic flavors. Honestly, can you folks actually discern any Syrah character in this wine? I can't -- it could be wine made from table grapes for all I can tell. Here's my impression: wine producer buys inferior bulk grapes on the cheap, ferments them, sticks them in the cheapest available tank, and throws in a bunch of oak chips for fast flavor modification. Glad I only paid $8 for this plonk.
May 27, 2009 - After the delightfully peppery 07 recently I returned to my local store to find 06s back on the shelves. This is jam packed with tightly wound dark fruits. Its 15-20 minutes for the wine to unwind be expressive. Licorice. blackberries dominate the lush palate. A little monolithic this time but still a great drop for the money.
March 28, 2009 - consistent with prior bottles.
March 16, 2009 - consistent with prior bottles.
February 27, 2009 - used some to deglaze a pan during cooking and drank the rest with the dinner. consistent with prior bottles. solid qpr.
February 11, 2009 - Continues to be an absolutely top notch wine, and superb value. Beautiful purple color, with a nose of blackberry, smoked meats, blueberry, black pepper, and other black fruits. Intoxicating and fruity. A lush, sweet palate, with soft tannins, this is a rich mouthful of juicy, generous fruit, that is just great for mid-week drinking with pizza in front of the TV. Black pepper and blackberry jam dominate the palate, but there is surprising complexity for a wine under $10. A fine house wine, this wine punches well above its weight.
January 31, 2009 - Very short on the palate, with little structure. A fleeting flash of fruit, and it's all over.
December 22, 2008 - Very good qpr, very quaffable. Balanced and easy. Everyday wine for most meals or on its own.
December 18, 2008 - poped and let sit for about 1 hour before first glass, very consistent with prior bottles, like a bit less oak, but for under 10 bones, a great QPR. The heat wasn't as prevalent as in prior bottles.