The wine is a lovely dark garnet color in the glass, with nice clarity. The nose presents aromas of rad fruit, cherry, raspberry and plum along with some earthy notes of peat, morel and a hint of leather. The taste is nice blast of ripe fruit, cherries, raspberries and a hint of dark chocolate at the outset, which then transitions nicely to some coarse minerality midpalate. The tannins are nicely structured, providing a good foundation to the long, smooth and exceptionally dry finish.
Overall, I'd rate this wine a solid 8, it's a terrific everyday wine and a solid value at $20. Tonight I am enjoying this one with some old fashioned Midwestern comfort food, stuffed bell peppers! The rich fruit and bright tannins make this an ideal complement to the rustic spice of the peppers, tomato sauce, beef and rice in the peppers, but it would also be ideal with many hearty fall dishes (after all, Autumn officially began last week!). Cheers!