Smooth & Supple
For the price it's a steal. Cooking wine? I think not. Perhaps that person favors white Zinfandel. We drink very nice wines, such as Hall and Walt. This reminded me of sobon estates reserve tannat. It's an excellent sipping wine by itself or tasted great with our meal last night. It full bodied and smooth. I tasted lots of great fruit.
3 1/2 stars, good value, overrated, should be a 90.
Big & Bold
May be Carinena grape is the element I do not like but tried the wine with a meal and felt it was far too dry. Shocked it got a 93 from RP, as I love big reds. My opinion is that is was most undrinkable, using the remainder for a sauce. Stuck with one more bottle and will put away for 2 years and hope it is drinkable then.