Blackberry, cassis, and oak aromas are accompanied by an unusual caramelized note suggesting marzipan. In the mouth, it's extremely soft, almost flabby, with light fruit. Doesn't seem like it's going anywhere.
Disturbingly vegetal aromas, like canned asparagus-evidence of incompletely ripe grapes-that lots of oak can't hide. Structurally, the wine is fine, with silky smooth tannins and crisp acids, yet the flavors are thin and disappointing.
The demand for Merlot grapes has left slim pickings for the value brands like Paul Thomas. Earthy, stemmy and showing bare hints of red fruits, this is a hard, tart red wine giving little of the pleasure of Merlot.
Herbal, green aromas are surrounded by leather, barrel char and some berry syrup. The mouth is sharp, featuring mostly pie cherry and cranberry fruit, and while the finish broadens out somewhat, it’s still a linear, hollow wine without much richness. —M.S.
The forceful nose is somewhat awkward; it has leather and some interesting unidentifiable notes, but also a solid whiff of green. That same green element appears on the palate in the form of bell pepper, which doesn’t really work with the candied fruit. Big tannins put it all over the map.
From Lodi grapes, a jam-scented wine, with pretty raspberry, black-cherry, and crushed-pepper aromas. Pleasant, light and fruity, with dry flavors of berries. No obvious faults or complexities in this soft, almost Beaujolais-like wine.