This wine is medium garnet on the pour with a nice berry bouquet with a hint of cranberry on the nose.
In the mouth this wine has a decent tannic base which will ease with some breathing; it is pretty tight on opening.
With a few minutes of air, dried fruit emerges and the bouquet intensifies. On the palate, dried fruit abounds and is a well made wine. With food, it holds up well with BBQ even with a big spice of Emeril’s essence. This is a good solid wine and at $11 it is a sold value.
But the Wine Spectator gives this wine a stunning 90 points on their 100 point scale. I rarely disagree with the folks at W.S. but this wine, as it stands is NOT a 90 point wine. I would give it an 85. But I have one other bottle of this wine and it will be interesting to see how it fairs when I get around to drinking and reviewing it. At any rate, raise a glass–to our 3rd week of rain here in Maine.