I like this wine...a lot. But it might be easier to start with what this wine ISN'T . It isn't a giant fruit bomb in your mouth. It isn't a complex, lingering palette teaser with layers on layers to keep you guessing and talking. It isn't a wine that begs to be paired with this or that. It isn't a mind-blower, or a game changer. It is just simply DELICIOUS!
This is the wine you want to cork after a crazy day, to sit, sigh, sip, roll your head around, and relax. It's the wine you want when it's raining, and you're cozy, and you just need some wine. It's the wine you want when you're snacking at 4:30 because dinner is going to be a while but you're ready to "start". It's the wine you want when you just made store bought pasta and sauce, and you're trying to dress it up a bit. It's the wine you want to serve when your friends come over and you just don't want to think about it or make a big deal about it.
This wine is medium to big bodied. Dark, but not inky black. Fruit-forward, but not as concentrated as a raisin or date. A little oak on the finish, but not enough to turn away if that's your thing. It's got depth to the flavor profile, but it's not so complex that it tastes different with every sip, nor does it completely open up, even after decanting for hours, to become a new wine entirely. Basically, it seems like they tried to design a crowd pleaser and I think they've succeeded.
If you're looking for a tasty wine to sip and enjoy without fanfare, this is a great choice. I was pleasantly surprised. I couldn't remember where I had gotten it, so there was no pre-judgement. Just "Wow, I actually like this. I'm going to order some more".