While this Merlot is far from a thriller, you have to give the winery credit for consistency: its basic $9 Merlot has scored 84 points three years in a row. This version has chocolaty oak and some red fruit on the nose, and then herbal cherry and raspberry flavors before a short, edgy finish.
Tough, tannicly dry and gritty, this simple country Zin needs big barbecued beef or chicken dishes slathered with sweet BBQ sauce. It’s packed with blackberry and cherry jam, blood orange, licorice, beef jerky and spice flavors.
Intense black color. Very inexpressive on the nose nose with some muted plum fruits. Edgy crispness and chunky texture with flavors of sour plum, prune, strong coffee and balsamic notes. Moderate finish with a spicy, tart grip.
Aromas of mint, cedar and spices are followed by medium-bodied vanilla and berry flavors in this approachable red from Greece. The dry-style red offers good acidity and balance and will pair well with dishes of the Mediterranean—think olives, grilled lamb, moussaka.
Reasonably nice peach, melon and apple flavors are nothing extraordinary, but together they make for a decent nose. The palate is soft but not what you’d call flabby, while flavors of pear, apple and banana are innocuous and shouldn’t send anyone running to the door. For best results, drinknow.
Starts with thick, raisiny aromas and later perfume and violets enter the scene. But in the mouth it’s sort of thick and lumpy, with blackberry and cassis flavors but not much verve, tannin or acidity. Seems top-loaded, without much structure or finish to seal the deal.
A mix of raisiny aromas and grass notes gives this wine a green sort of bouquet. The palate is chunky, with thick berry and plum flavors that are good if not put under the microscope. More voluminous than precise, with big tannins and a “country” sort of personality, meaning it’s fruity and big but not that refined.