I bought a bunch of cheap 2005 Bordeaux a while back and have been slowly hitting them. This one was seven bucks.
The big thing on the nose here is cinnamon.
Earthy, spicy, dirty, funky – some cherries as well, but this is a dirty, filthy wine with good acid and nice, velveting tannins. The fruit comes through as the bottle opens, but so does a strong, freshly tanned leather quality. I feel like I'm chewing on a leather jacket.
Dried spices linger on the finish – from the dark brown cinnamon and clove to the green oregano and basil.
Well - I'm in a phase where something be a bit too earthy is more forgivable than something too fruity. This certainly isn't great but for seven bucks who can complain?