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I was a little puzzled about this wine, which was a gift. Unmistakeable Syrah was my downfall. I had to revert to a little Internet sleuthing to discover no Syrah, but a blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah. The use of the word Velvet is actually not too far off, it is pretty smooth. With not much complexity, slight tannins but a good balance- it goes down like velvet. Others did not like this wine or loved it, not many in the middle of the road. I am thinking four stars- its a damn fine drop for the price and for what it is. Drink it soon as the backbone was not made for aging, but for immediate pleasure. It has good acidity and a prolonged after taste, which surprises me. For about $10, you are sure to please a crowd with this gem that has gobs of dark berries, and a smooth mouthfeel. I would hazard a guess at 88 points on a pro level- I’m liking it. Well done you Cupcake peeps.

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