Big but clumsy, with unrefined aromas of berry fruit and herbs. The palate is grabbby and sassy, but it’s also generous with the sappy black plum, berry and herbal flavors. A combination of menthol and molasses works the weighty finish, and overall this seems like a goofy, awkward school kid.
Roast beef and black cherry notes open this juicy example from South Australia. Fresh but diffuse fruit notes dominate the crisp palate and lead to a cherry-flavored finish that lacks persistance. Drink now.
Rustic and somewhat sharp, this Zin has a green, spearmint streak, with some harsh tannins, which suggests unevenly ripened berries, despite very high alcohol. It’s like a combination of cherry Lifesavers, blackberries and Altoids breath mints. Drink now.
The high percentage of Cabernet Franc makes itself known in this wine with tobacco leaf and tomato skin aromas on the nose. The palate is dense, with black cherry and plum flavors. The gripping tannins turn a bit astringent on the finish. Try with steak or hamburgers.