Noble Vines 'The One' North Coast 2013 Red Wine, $11.99-$14.99, 88 points, poured inky black almost to the glass shallows where a clear wine ring was fed by 'teary tributaries'.
Aromatic and profuse, smells of violets, toast, boysenberry jam, and hints of coffee wafted out of the glass as I poured.
Full-bodied, fairly acidic, mellow tannin, and loads of fruit with enough accenting coffee, licorice, chocolate, and candied cherry flavors to have a photo-finish with any Apothic red wine I've tasted.
Finished well on the trailing palate, evolving chocolate notes, some good spiciness, and a hefty 14.5% alcohol.
Varietals were a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Zinfandel.
Not my genre of red wine, but for those that like easy-drinking, full-bodied, tasty reds (you know who you are) this is your next Christmas present.
Please, some of you will be tempted to disparage Apothic-types, but get over it; many people I know love them; the wines might as well taste good.
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