Black cherry and pencil shavings with hints of chocolate and herbs on the nose with bold, lush dark chocolate on the palate. The nose is a little reticent but the palate delivers. A medium body and medium length finish with fine grained persistent tannins and some acid kick at the end, this wine punches way above its weight. Fruit-forward but elegant and supple, an excellent food wine but also complex enough for just sipping. Very versatile. The paradigm of what cheap wine should be.
2012 was a great vintage.
Price: $10 but often available for less