Sat down to watch a movie with the family Christmas Eve and poured a couple of glasses. No, I don't think so. And with that, we opened a bottle of '04 Benziger Cab. I'll do that later.
This stuff (Mandolin not Benziger) is bland with a tease of cloying sweet pretense-of-cherries on the front side of the palate and nothing else. The wine is as uninteresting as cyclone fencing (out here in the Golden Fleece State we call that stuff chain link). Like chain link, it does the job, assuming getting a buzz is the job, but there isn't a dime's worth of finesse or beauty about how the wine goes about getting the job done.
Is it terrible? No. But it isn't worth the effort involved in pulling the cork neither. This insipid wine is exactly the Merlot that Miles hates. Bonus: it is overpriced at $8.99. Disclaimer: It's better than Two Buck Chuck Merlot. High Point: Decant it for 24 hours and it improves while losing a lot of the cloy.