This is an easy drinker—not an intellectual, “serious” wine—but it displays more tasty ripe fruit than many more pretentious offerings. The nose is a blender-mix of ripe berry, cocoa, banana hints and smoky, toasty oak. The palate is flavorful, with ripe but dry strawberry and raspberry fruit. It's fairly light in weight and closes with a nice berry-spice fade—a quaff with class. Best Buy. —M.M.