Central Coast, CA
$8 at Kent, WA (purchased 4/21/14)
Clear and medium red in color. Dark berries very prominent in the nose and a light tapenade in the background. Very fruit forward on the palate with blackberries, raspberries, and some blueberries. Fine smooth tannins, medium acidity, very light on the oak, and a kiss of brown sugar in the finish. Clean flavors that were at first a bit one dimensional, but after about an hour gained more complexity with nuances of smoke, tar, and light vanilla. Very pleasant wine without all the caramel oak you often find.
As with the Chardonnay, the back label says these wines are refined, well balanced and food friendly. I second that with a thumbs up. A decent wine at a decent price.