Heavily roasted at first, and then comes a distinct wave of root beer, olive and barbecue sauce. The palate is decent in feel, maybe a little astringent, with flavors of creamy plum and berry along with sweet, candied oak. Finishes minty and dry, like the dust from the gum that used to come with baseball cards.
There isn’t a whole lot of good going on here. The nose is cheesy and smells of animal hide and leaves, while the palate is far too acidic, which puts a tight, dry, sour spin on the wine’s cherry and raspberry fruit. Sharp and angular on the finish as well.