Beautiful dark color
Blackberry and raspberry bouquet on the nose
Dark chocolate and good structure on the palate
Moderately strong tannins on the finish
When PB was in town, we had to track this down and sample it. After all, if Wine Enthusiast was going to proclaim this wine to be the number one best value release of 2005, it must have some special qualities.
As it turns out, what is special about this wine is that it appears to be very well made. It has excellent balance and structure and is lively on the palate. The tannins are strong, which would probably mellow out with decanting. I didn't decant it, but rather by chance, had a full glass left in the bottle at the end of the evening. I put a stopper in and sat it on the kitchen counter overnight. The following evening, the final glass was even better and- you guessed it- more mellow. I think this wine could sit in the cellar for a few years and be terrific.
This bottle cost $13, but I'm confident I can find this wine for $11 if I look around. Give it a try! And raise a glass!