Although I admit the inane moniker almost turned me off, the wine’s opulence and robustness made up for its lack of maturity. Silky with a jammy raspberry, bittersweet chocolate, rich vanilla, leathery base, followed by earthy tobacco and strong brewed tea. Drank quite well with dinner and by itself. And at monster 15.6 percent alcohol, it gives good buzz for the money. 4 stars out of 5. Sweetness=2 out of 10 (dry to sweet). $21
Taylor is a self-proclaimed Southern foodie, turned Californian food, wine, and gardening hipster.