Deep garnet color in glass with a thin browning rim. Nice nose. Good body and fruit on palate. Has an interesting "non vinifera" character but good nevertheless. Would compete with many California Cabs in this price range ($18.99). Needs a little time. 88/100.
Medium dark saturated color in glass with mahogany rims. Nice bouquet. Good body and fruit on palate which improves with aeration. (14.5% alcohol.) Moderate acidity and drying tannins. Virtually at peak or slightly beyond. Drink up! 88/100.
Dark garnet color in glass with some browning evident. Lovely, developed bouquet.Good fruit and drying tannins on palate. No sweet, overripe fruit or alcohol (13.0%). An old style "peasant wine" that needs to be consumed soon. Drink up! 87/100.
Low neck fill and cork came out in one piece. Excellent color in glass with thin browning rims. Lovely bouquet. Full bodied on palate with concentrated fruit and lots of depth. Toasty, tobacco-like overtones. A little tannic in finish with lots of grip. Not too complex but well made and just starting to turn. A few particles of sediment in last glass. 89/100.
Excellent fill level. Fading garnet color with bricking obvious. Nice bouquet and good fruit on palate - very robust and Syrah-like. Alcohol (14%) does not intrude. Fading but not disjointed. Dusty, drying tannins. Probably 5 years past peak but making old bones. No Shiraz sweetness. Some sludge sediment at bottom of bottle. Drink up! 89/100.