This post should have been written three hours ago. However, The Killers and NIN at LollaPopPalooza had other thoughts on distracting me. So, without further ado, three hours later, here you are.
I am not going to lie, I got this fucker because of the awesome label. The star I gave the wine- yes, it is for the label. And the price- $5.99, is usually reasonable. If it weren’t swill, I would be quite pleased with my discovery. I found this bottle of bitter at Trader Joe’s. After a rough week, all I wanted was a fabulous new red. This was not it.
This is a very heavy wine; in fact, at 13.% alcohol content, one of the heavier ones I’ve had in a couple of months. This wine is BITTER. More bitter than Sarah Palin in a forest of Democrats. At first smell, I knew I was in for it. There wasn’t a lot of a fragrance attached to this one, in fact, it smelled downright strong. I let it breathe for a hour, still strong. I aerated the wine into my glass. Still strong. Not diluting this vino unless you pour a load of water in the bitch. Taste? Ah, yes, the elusive taste. It’s a musty wine, high on the woody elements and not so high on overall taste. It was like drinking a big huge glass of Elmer’s Wood Glue, but a dark chocolate, cherry-type flavor. There is a sting to the aftertaste; it doesn’t go light at all, this one. If you want a light one, this is not it. I could taste some notes of black currant and plum. Overall, I really did not care for it. I did the ultimate end test- I chilled the mother. The next night I had a glass. No improvement. It’s heavy on the overall, light on actual flavor. Avoid unless you want to get messed up quickly and on a wine that would probably taste great with a cigar and a picnic basket of Honey Boo Boo food.