on May 14, 2008
First night. Bitter (can you spell OAK MONSTER!), not much fruit flavor. Great color though.
Second night. Slightly more fruit flavor, but still super oaky.
Fifth night. Bottled sat on the counter for three more nights (corked but not evacuated). Bitterness has receded a little bit, allowing the fruit to come through. I'm just noticing how hot this wine is (or seems). This could be a solid value if it were more balanced. Maybe in 6 months. Right now, I would not buy again--even at the Trader Joe's price of $6.99.
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