2008 Herding Cats
Appellation: Western Cape, South Africa
Tasting Notes: 80% Merlot, 20% Pinotage. 13.5% ABV. Pretty purple inky color. Nose is vanilla and blackberry jam, not exciting at all. Vanilla and blackberries on the palate, not as jammy as I thought it might be, a little smokiness. Some pepper. Heat on the back end, which makes it off balance (especially given the 13.5% ABV). Nice mouthfeel at first, not really offensive, but not exciting at all. Even at $8, there are better bottles of wine out there; but the name and label are cool, so your non oenophile friends will probably love this if you bring it to a cookout.
Price: $7.99 at Bin 604