Smoky and sweet on the nose with more than a passing resemblance to fish sauce. There’s some holiday spice here and faint shadings of blackberry fruit but mostly spicy, BBQ spice savoriness. Bright and clean on entry with some early raspberry/not fully ripe strawberry fruit. Medium light bodied with right acids and a nice base of powdery tannins that leads to a modest, red currant toned finish. A bit coarse and dull,  but fresh and bright. 82pts
 
 
A bit weedy on the nose and sharp with spicy pink peppercorn edges to the astringent red fruit aromas. Softer than expected on entry, with a lovely roundness in the mouth. rather nondescript but at the same time easy to drink with gentle raspberry and blackcurrant flavors. The modest tannins emerge on the backend and add a bit of spice to the modest finish. A touch soft on the palate, but eminently drinkable and friendly. 82pts
 
 
60% Merlot/ 40% Cabernet Sauvignon 
 
Decidedly fruity on the nose with jammy overtones to the plum and blueberry fruit that is wrapped up in licorice, caramel and violet aromas. Plump, round and juicy in the mouth this offers up attractive flavors of spicy black fruits famed with subtle vegetal notes. There’s something about this, both on the nose and in the mouth that reminds of Syrah. The edgy blue fruit and blend of floral and spice accents. Fairly rich, impressively so at the price, this is a lovely table wine, just a touch rustic, with a hint of sweetness, and a modest. astringent finish. It’s hearty and ready for anything. Quite the value. 81pts
 
 
Smoky and dense on the nose with jammy aromas of black fruit and accents of maduro tobacco. Soft and broad in the mouth, with a touch of a creamy texture. the acids here do lend an accent to the flavors of tart red fruits, but they don’t really perk up the plate. Dark, chewy and soft, this flows across the palate with hints of dried plums and berries wrapped up with bitter chocolate on the backend before dropping off on the short finish. Easy drinking if a bit anonymous and only the tannins on the finish talk to be of Bordeaux. 80pts