If you're interested in spending very little on a bottle of wine and actually plan on drinking something that doesn't taste like complete garbage than this wine is a total winner. I purchased it last night along with a few choice filet's and was basically planning to cook with it and probably slug down a few sips with my meal. To my surprise when I tasted the wine I was actually quite taken back by the quality in the wine for a mere $4.99. Now don't get me wrong, this wine although very serviceable is still not considered to be in the class of fine wine, however it is drinking really good for a "cheap wine".
On the nose I get aromas black berry, coco bean, and a touch of black licorice. There is only the slightest touch of that slight metallic note that is often extremely prevalent in wines in this category, but it comes across as a cedary wood component.
On the palate the wine shows nice dark fruit flavors that combine with hints of cedar, graphite, and black licorice. Although the texture is a bit thin, the finish has some nice dried herb notes that help mask the protruding alcohol which would almost always be noticeable on a red wine in this price category.
To be quite honest tasting this wine again today has proven to me that there are wines out there that can be purchased in the $5-7 range that can still be serviceable. 84+ points
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