a blend of 64% petite sirah, 18% zinfandel, 8% barbera, 8% malbec and 2% carignane, this california red has a nose of black raspberry. there is also some spice, pepper, earth and leather. the taste was a bit of a let down. the nose gave you the impression there would be more there. it was a whole lot more fruit forward with not much complexity. maybe it just needed more time in the bottle. the taste was blackberry, with small hints of leather, anise and pepper. but these minor players on the palate were very subtle. they remained that way even after the wine opened up. i only paid $12 for this bottle, and i might consider buying a second bottle to lay for a couple years to see what might happen. this bottle was in my cellar for 8 months and didn't do much, so maybe longer bottle time would help.