A medium bodied wine with deep purple colouring it certainly is showing it's age with some nice mahogany edges. It looks really great and cascades down the glass in a sheet. Extremely nice looking wine especially after a swirl.
Chocolate AND vanilla bean hit you immediately when you stick your nose right in there. That is quickly followed by plums and some toasty oak notes. A solid bouquet that makes one think the wine is earthier than it is but very nice.
There are cherries and a recurrence of the chocolate on the palate but this time there is a nuttiness in the wine as opposed to vanilla notes from the nose. This wine is very close to having a great balance but the mid-point tannins are a touch bitter. That said there is a nice strong espresso finish that lingers on the tongue. Nice drinking wine and without the bitter mid-palate it would have pushed it from being a good to a great wine.
|Sight (0-5)||Medium bodied and dark purple with mahogany edges.||4.25|
|Smell (0-5)||Chocolate and vanilla with plums and toasted oak notes.||4.0|
|Taste (0-10)||Cherries and chocolate come through with a nuttiness on the tongue. Bitter mid-palate transitions into an espresso finish.||8.5|
|Total:||16.5 / 20 (82.5%)|
This is a $18.50 wine locally and that feels like a good price point. We're no wine makers but if that bitterness was toned down just a bit this wine would have been fantastic.
Keep on tasting!
Chris & Shannon