An interestingly lolly-pop-like purple color that lightens to ruby at the edges is the first indication that this is a lighthearted wine. The nose smells strongly of cloves, and this exotic spiciness is mirrored on the palate, which also shows a bit of bitter chocolate and vanilla bean. It was, after all, aged for three months in oak barrels.
The finish lasts much longer than would be expected for this light to medium-bodied red. It just keeps on expanding in fruit- and vanilla-filled splendor for a solid 45 seconds before beginning its slow taper. Pair it with lighter foods that won’t overwhelm it. This is a simple, straightforward, and fun wine that’s well worth $6.49 a bottle.