Teasing out sweet red cherry, toasty plum, and purple grape smells required considerable swishing and swirling, but the rewards were worth it.
Near full-bodied with vivid acidity and surprisingly sharp and persistent tannin, which I liked, others may not, but they gave backbone to what might otherwise have been a boring wine.
Flavors of coffee, oak, and black fruit were racy even though a bit syrupy late palate, but still good.
Finished on a trailing palate marked by tannin accelerating the spice notes with a hint of the 13.3% alcohol.
This red wine will pair well with beef, but should make for a good red table wine (not for the mellow Merlot lover) with a high QPR.
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