This was nine bones at the local shop. It's a somewhat unusual blend of Pinot Noir and Shiraz.
A little bit of tart cherry on the nose.
More tart cherry on the nose, some strawberry, a bit of white pepper, a touch of oak, not much in terms of tannins but a solid amount of acid – this begs for food.
Cherry and a little bit of oak linger on the finish.
The second day really brought some power to this one – black and red licorice on the nose. More pepper, more fruit, more alcohol, more acid – a bit of bell pepper, some Twizzlers, bing cherry, ripe strawberries, and the sweet oak is presenting itself with a bit of tobacco. Big acid and more licorice on the finish.
Nine bucks? This is one of the steals of the year so far. Not terribly complex (though no quaffer) the first night, but the second day this just came to life. I hope I can find more as this will definitely be worth a revisit.