This is a hodgepodge of grapes made in a "natural wine" style. Twenty-five percent Alicante Bouschet, Grenache, Cinsault, Mondeuse, and Zinfandel from one source; another 25% Valdiguié; and the rest Syrah, Tannat, St. Laurent, and Carignan made from vineyards across California. This was being closed out at a local wine store for $20. Ruby in color, clear and bright. The nose has a sweaty sock quality to it. Once you get past that, there are some cherries and pomegranate notes.
This is a Tannat based dessert wine from Uruguay. Very interesting. Dark brown in color. The nose is like a chocolate flavored Tootsie-Pop. Sweet and chocolaty. The palate is slightly viscous and very chocolaty. Sweet but just a bit. Not cloying. A little goes a long way, but a very fun wine.
An Argentina blend that is 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Malbec, 19% Petit Verdot and 10% Tannat. Purple/ruby in color. This took some time to open and though not necessarily better on Day 2, it was different. The nose is dust with cherries, plums and an herbal note (tarragon?). On day 2, it went more to black and blue fruits. The palate has black cherries and plums with underlying dry earth and baking spice. On Day 2, again it picks up more plums but also blueberries. Tannins really come out on Day 2. This win should match well with grilled and roasted meats and other hearty foods.
Ruby/purple in color. This is a red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot,Tannat, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petite Sirah. A sort of kitchen sink blend that costs around $15. It's a nice wine for the money and easy to drink. Ruby/purple in color. The nose is a bit warm with alcohol but also some cherries, black raspberries and slight char. On the palate, this is mostly cherry fruit. Easy drinking. Warm but not hot. There is some varietal complexity. Fun label. Good party wine.