The wine is a lovely deep ruby color in the glass, with nice clarity. The nose presents lovely aromas of cedar, jasmine and a bit of star anise, all of which just preps you for something delicious about to come your way. The taste is a blast of ripe blackberries and plum that transitions smoothly to some rustic oak and green herbs midpalate. The tannins are firm and nicely integrated, providing plenty of backbone for a long, smooth dry finish that seems to last a minute or more.
Overall I would rate this wine a solid 8, it's a lovely example of the Atlas Peak area and an exceptional value at just $15! Certainly having tasted this now, I wish I had bought more than I did. Tonight I am enjoying this wine with some cedar planked Alaskan sockeye served over a baby kale salad tossed in aged white balsamic with some roasted summer vegetables. This wine is a perfect complement to the rustic flavor of the salmon and a nice balance to the sweetness of the aged balsamic. Cin cin!