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14 HandsSome green, vegetal notes mar the nose but warm baking spices and vanilla support berry aromas and hints of candied cherries all of which provide a sufficiently pleasant aromatic prelude to the feature presentation—a palate striving for suave sophistication. Soft and plush with a velvety texture, medium bodied, and very polished, with candied cherry the dominant flavor note, the warm, easy-going mouthfeel is the selling point of this wine. Very fine grained tannins produce a pleasant finish but the whole thing is confected. Some residual sugar is apparent, the mid-palate is a bit hollow, the flavors relatively simple. This is a wine without much soul but if you want the companionship of a pretty face for the evening this will do fine.

This is a blend of primarily Merlot, Syrah, and Cabernet.

Score: 86/100

Ave. Price: $10

Alc: 13.5%