After it oozes rubber and bacon on the nose, berry fruit and mild medicinal aromas settle in. Feels full, tight and structured, with meat, black cherry and wild berry flavors. Finishes warm, chocolaty and lightly roasted. Well-made, and impressive for the price.
Somewhat reduced and granular on the bouquet, where raisin enters the picture along with coffee and chocolate aromas. A big wine with muscular tannins and a vise grip. Black olive, black cherry and plum flavors set up a tannic, tight finish. Should improve with another year or so of aging.
Clean and penetrating on the nose, with leather and warm berry/cherry aromas. Comes across bright and lively, with good balance and an appealing, easygoing set of wild berry and spice flavors. Shows length and follow-through on the finish. Very good for affordable RDD.
Sweet and young on the bouquet, with fresh and easy plum and blueberry aromas. The palate is chunky but clean, with bright, candied berry flavors and a touch of dark molasses on the sweet finish. Not bashful; juicy, bright and flavorful.
Deep aromas of mint, raisin, Christmas spice and hickory reflect ripeness and 24 months in barrel. The palate has a choppy feel due to firm acidity and tannins, while the flavors are roasted and leathery but also suggest earthy fruit. Not a sweet, modern wine; it’s more meaty and savory. Drink now through 2015.
At first the nose is high toned and jumpy, but with time it falls into a good place with a medicinal berry note at the fore. Solid, tannic and nervy, it has plum and noticeable young-oak flavors. This turns herbal tasting and choppy on the finish.
Opens with candied berry and salinic aromas. It’s tough in its youth and also a little too funky to inspire much confidence for the future. Toughness in tannins; toughness in fruit; quite peppery on the finish. It just isn’t that inviting.
A bit funky and gassy on the nose, and while the wine offers ripeness and sweetness on the palate, there’s always a little something strange and sulfuric lingering. It has its plum and acidity, but the tannins and overall mouthfeel are grabby.