at me favorite wine merchant recently i tasted this red blend from the russian river valley in california. the blend is 52% cabernet sauvignon, 15% cabernet franc, 16% merlot and 17% sangiovese. i love good blends and this one is very nice, and worth a try if you like red blends. the nose was raspberry and chocolate and spice, especially clove and a little pepper. the palate was loaded with fruit, with black raspberry and blackberry, followed by a really nice spice note of cloves. i then got the chocolate flavor. very nice, well balanced tannins and a nice, long juicy finish. all for about $15-17. a good wine for anything slightly spicy like barbecue, or for that grilled steak.