Solid, decent value, old-fashioned everyday Bordeaux. Mostly Merlot, with some Cab Franc and a little Cabernet Sauvignon blended in. Typical proportions for the St. Emilion side of the Gironde River.
Vivid blackish ruby. Nice, youthful nose of dried underbrush and plummy fruit, along with a bit of fragrant crushed stone. Bone dry and surprisingly tannic for a lower-end St. Emilion (which are usually made for short-term drinking), this wine grips the palate with dry cassis extract and brambly gravel flavors. Pretty good concentration, medium-full body, but a somewhat short finish. Not bad for the price. B-. Needs a year or two to settle down a bit more. Was $13.99 at Whole Foods on Bellaire.