I've been sitting on this a while, at the $25 pricetag I figured I'd save it for a special day – like New Year's Eve.
A bit of licorice – both cherry and black – on the nose with some cinnamon notes.
I don't normally comment on color, but this wine is ridiculously dark – purple/black – do yourself a favor and don't spill this one. Bold but not over the top – a nice balance overall. Black fruit – blackberry, black plums, dark black cherries – dominate. Some nice vanilla notes plus some interesting herbal qualities. The tannins are present and give some nice depth but are very well integrated. As the bottle opens I seem to think blueberry takes over.
Blueberry and some spices stick around on the finish – a bit of clove and perhaps some tobacco.
A solid wine – I rated this higher but the more I drink it and think about it, the more I think it's just a tad simple – if a big, bold, yet smooth wine sounds like your thing, this is certainly worth it.