Beef > Mushroom
This was wonderful, full-bodied, well-balanced red with smoky chocolate flavors coming to the fore. It paired exquisitely with a beef tenderloin I found on special, for which I whipped up a red wine pan sauce with mushrooms (using a less noble red for the sauce, btw). At $13, one better grab it before it's gone.
I just bought a bottle to try it some weeknight. I was expecting a so-so, everyday, low- key red. Not so! Good bouquet, and on the palate, this is a full body wine with ripe berries (definitely raspberry), depth, good tannins, and a curious finish - slightly salty (to me, that day). I think it could age some. It was great with steak. What a bargain! I've just bought more. Since this is mostly a Merlot & Cab S blend, if you prefer a more subtle, herbaceous, St. Emilion-like style, then get something else.
No idea what the person who reviewd this poorly is talking about - maybe a bad bottle. This is quite a sophisticated wine for the price point. Nice mouthfeel and integration of tanins. Cab dominates the blend and anyone liking rich Cali Cab will enjoy this.