Firm and leathery smelling, with a drying, oaky nose and then lifted, sweet flavors of jammy raspberry and cassis. The fruit here is riper than many ’08 Cabs, and while it’s a bit lean in feel, it tastes good and offers ample spice for balance.
Fiery berry aromas come across sort of rough and scratchy. The palate is softer and more creamy, with vanilla, berry and pepper flavors. Finishes toasty and peppery, albeit slightly bitter.
Malbec seems like the best bet for this organic label, which has shown some shaky wines alongside this. Even this one has a mild lactic, pasty streak to the nose along with raspberry and peppery spice. Lacks the cuddle and depth of the better Argentine Malbecs.
The clean look, nice bead and good mouthfeel are the saving graces here, because it smells strange, almost like steamed ballpark hot dogs, and it tastes odd and innocuous, like papaya juice. The look and feel are good but the smell and tastes are not so great.
Airy and inoffensive on the nose, with a hint of apple. It’s fresh but clumsy on the palate, with a rough feel and slightly mealy flavors of cider and white pepper. Citrusy, with a touch of burn on the finish.
The nose is brushy and earthy at first, then herbal and rubbery. It feels like red berry jam on the palate, with raspberry flavors mixed with leafy, herbal notes. A sweet vanilla note appears on the finish.
Volatile at first, with more than a hint of vinegar to the nose. Airing helps it along, revealing brambly fruit along with tough tannins. Smells too much like a dairy; barely worth a look.