This bottle went for $18 - a reputable producer, a fair price, and a region we somewhat neglect, seemed like an easy choice.
When I say this smells like Dr. Pepper, I mean it in a way kinda like, I racked my brain to think if I recently drank Dr. Pepper from this glass and forgot to wash it, all along with some cassis.
Cassis dominates the palate....to a point that, dare I call it "jammy"? A touch sweet - sort of a raspberry, cranberry, blueberry thing - a bit of spice, some black licorice, virtually no oak, some brown spice, some eucalyptus, but all in all, fruity.
More of that cassis thing on the finish, some wintergreen mint qualities.
Tough to argue with at eighteen bucks - I dig it.