This is a big, full-bodied, highly extracted wine, with some chewy tannins and slightly elevated alcohol on the finish. Flavors are oaky and dark, with chocolate and cassis joined by a hint of roasted pepper. A bit of a bruiser; drink it now with rare beef or lamb to help mellow its tannins, or age it several years and see if it develops more finesse.
Despite aromas that come across as being rather green—almost to the point of asparagus or green bean—this wine’s flavors are much less so. And the cassis-tinged fruit is supple and rounded in the mouth as well, providing plenty of pleasure. Drink now; its evolution is uncertain.
This narrow, value-priced wine is unusual in its category because its dominating notes are earthy, woodsy ones, rather than forwardly fruity ones. Has edgy, wooly tannins that would make it a ready partner for some charbroiled meats. Imported by The Country Vintner.
A bit of rhubarb marks the nose of this otherwise cherry-fruited wine. Despite 14.5% alcohol, it’s not really full bodied, showing creamy tannins but not much depth. Pleasant, soft and easy-drinking.