You mention you got a bad bottle. Trust me, if you've ever had wine before, you'll know if the bottle you got is good or not. I actually got the 2005 at a store near me for around sixteen bucks. It is fruity, but I also taste some licorice and dark cherry flavors. Totally worth another try if you got a bad bottle. Someone once told me that 1 in 10 bottles is bad. I haven't had that bad of luck, thankfully.
awesome wine...awesome value!
Highly recommended and I will be buying again. Perfect year round - light but full bodied. Great alone or with cheese and/or meals.