I'm not a wine critic, I just like to drink a bottle with my hubby once in a while, he likes the dry reds, I prefer the sweet reds. BUT.. this is neither (so it is a nice blend of the two without being either in my point of view). I opened it up at room temperature and let it aerate in the decanter for about an hour. All I can tell you is that is has some deep red flavors, but never "BITES" you. It is very smooth tasting, from start to finish. LET IT AERATE! This helps a lot, and by far, it is my favorite wine that I've ever tried. Strong wine taste (plums, cherry, berry, mocha/chocolate types), but gentle to the taste buds. A great red to fit almost everyone's tastes. I love it. Favorite by far, and I went back and purchased 6 more of this wine to have on file for the future. Hope you enjoy it as well.