A decent, modestly-priced Bordeaux. 68% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, and some Cab Franc and Petit Verdot. Very shy and reserved now, it may well be significantly better in a few years.
Gorgeous color: deeply-saturated and luminescent ruby-violet. Very shy nose that reluctantly gives up a little whiff of brambly twigs, lightly charred oak, and cassis. But you really have to work the sniffing to get it. Tightly-wound flavors of lightly-scorched earth, minerals and a bit of cassis. Dry, tight, and with a fair amount of tannin. Medium full body, and pretty good acids. Pretty good length. This is a wine that needs at least 2-4 years of age to open up. Right now, it's a B-, but with potential to come in higher after it opens up. Got it on sale for $14.99 at Total Wine in Fairfax, VA. Imported by Saranty Imports, White Plains, NY.