The aromas totally remind me of either Zin or Merlot, Hi-c cherry, raspberry, and candied mixed berry flavors with a dab of oak and spice. There really is the sense of artificial fruit flavoring and/or over manipulation in the winery when I smell this wine. I'm not entirely sure where in California this fruit was sourced but it smells like they passed it through the skittles or starburst factory! No just Joking!
On the palate the wine does taste a bit more like Pinot Noir and has some ok cherry and raspberry flavors, along with some oak. The wine is made well but I think the fruit source is perhaps the biggest issue with this wine. It's like going to a Thai restaurant and there is a bunch of Guatemalans cooking the food......Or perhaps it's like going to Guatemala and buying Thai food....... Ok maybe not the right analogy, but what I'm trying to express is that the wine is clumbsy, over made, high in alcohol, and just down right bad.
In a blind tasting it would be hard to peg as Pinot Noir. 68 points
P.S. I have nothing against Guatemalans....just an example...maybe the do cook great Thai food!