There is a tartness to this wine. I drank it alone but it would likely have been better with food. I did not get a whole lot of fruit (barely any to be honest). It also definitely lacked some complexity. What I sensed was a dominant tobacco (more like a cigar box) aroma that overwhelmed everything else about this wine. It was all that I could get.
This wine might be a reflection of the poor 2007 vintage. This is not normally a vintage that I purchase so I have little tasting experience with it. It is very possible that this is a quite good wine but based on the year, I am thinking that it is not great. I should probably check into some of the better vintages to get a better representation of what this producer can do in “better” years.
Kept a little more than a glass for the next day. The wine was much better and more integrated. The tobacco/cigar box aroma that I felt was overpowering on the first day had given way to a little bit of fruit on the second day and was much better (although there was still not a lot of fruit to be had here). The predominant fruit here was dark. There was maybe a touch of cranberry both on the nose and on the palate. There was a bit of toffee as well but this was mostly on the palate. There was also a touch of cedar. I got some raspberry on the mid-palate.
Overall, I think that this wine was a decent value but needs a lot of air. If I was to buy this wine again, I would open it the night before or give it a good decant before drinking. The finish is quite short.