A chalky element provides character and offsets this wine’s ripe, but not overly sweet ,black cherry fruit here. There’s a green herb presence, too, that some tasters found very attractive, others less so. This shows some structure and could evolve over a year or two. Closes long with cocoa, oak and a reprise of the chalk note.
There’s pretty blackberry fruit, and some notes of raisins and prunes. This big, rich and slightly sweet mountain wine from a hot wine region is rustic, honest and, in its own way, likeable.
It’s ripely assertive, with blackberry flavors. What makes it only acceptable is awkwardness everyplace else. The texture is syrupy, and while it’s bone dry, it has a cough mediciney flavor. The tannins are rugged and palate-scouring.