A bit mulchy but also displaying power and quality for an under-$10 wine. The nose is initially murky but evolves toward sweet, simple berry fruit. Meanwhile, the palate is ripe, bouncy, lively and solid, with cherry, plum and chocolaty flavors. Slightly big and rubbery but convincing as a whole.
Light and a little scratchy on the bouquet, with leathery notes. Feels fresh and kind of light in weight, with basic but clean red-fruit flavors and a dash of peppery spice. Flows easily on the finish, with a bit of fire and heat.