A deep, full-bodied, minerally, fully-mature and smooth red. Think of this as a Spanish Gigondas from a very warm vintage.
Almost jet black, fully saturated color . . . ruby adds the highlights to the black, rather than the other way around. Striking, low-toned nose of a squished carton of uber-ripe blackberries, whisked together with crushed stones and a hint of dark baking spices. Massively rich in the mouth, with dark, brooding flavors of dark stones and blackberry syrup/skin extract. Great intensity yet not overblown. Dry and full-bodied, sporting a texture akin to hot chocolate due to loads of medium-fine-grained tannins. It went well with a braised brisket. This is a wine that will overpower anything less than a stew or pot roast type dinner, although it may pair well with after dinner cheese too. Drinking very well now, this wine will soften further over the next 2 years. B+. Was $14.99 from WTSO.com. Imported by Classic Wines, Stamford, CT.
(Sorry, 2007 shown)