Quick - what's the first thing you think of when you think of Beringer? I would not be shocked if the first thing was cheap wines you buy at the grocery store. This is one of their top of the line wines which retails at eighty big ones. Shall we see how it does?
Plum liqeuer, chocolate covered cherry - fruity, chocolatey, and even a bit funky.
Big! More of that straight up plum liqueur, perhaps some kir, more of that cherry cordial thing, a bit of vanilla, earth, all sorts of interesting spice notes - brown and green. I may be way off, but this does not really scream "California" to me...there's too much funk and earth.
Brown spice and a bit of a caramel thing on the finish fading away to raspberry tea.
A great wine to be sure. It would hold up in the cellar, but it's definitely ready now. I dig it.