Luzon Jumilla Red Wine

Though a bit restrained immediately upon opening, after a short while the nose reveals a bright berry mix, licorice, tobacco, and some light minerality. On the palate, it’s mostly the same, with balanced acidity and lingering tannins.

Sierra Foothills Gold Rush Red

The nose offers mild fruit and a dusting of oak. On the palate it’s a bit tart, and could benefit from a little more body. A decent drinker for the price, though.

Chiusa Grande Tommolo Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Smells and tastes very green, suggesting unripe fruit. Poorly made.

Bois de Lamothe Cotes de Duras

Rusty color. Smells like iron. Tastes metallic. On its way to vinegar.

Monte Ducay Reserva Red Wine, Carinena

A corked bottle. Normally, we would try another. But the sweet, jammy taste discouraged us from giving it another go.