Straight out of the bottle, without air, the Tail shows some restraint. After a few minutes, sweet cotton candy and caramel aromas emerge. In the mouth, the wine starts out tasting like juicy berries and cinnamon, but morphs rather rapidly into cherry Slurpee.
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