Black rasberries, eh Jenise? I've never tried them, so I didn't use that descriptor, but I could 'see' it being apropos for this wine: it definitely had an interesting mix of red and black berries. It had a touch of spicyness, but not much.
I certainly enjoyed the wine - it was well made, not too much oak, had nice balance, etc. - but it just was on the 'good' side of 'outstanding', if you know what I mean.
This bottle cost $45 in BC, so it wasn't exactly a good QPR wine. Have to agree with you there, John.
Bob, looking forward to your AB zin report. I often enjoy Cape Mentelle wines. Unfortunately in BC we only get their Sem/SB and the Trinders Cab/Merlot blends, while I'm most interested in their shiraz and cabernet. Do you get those in AB? Haven't tried their zin, but I'v heard good things about it in the past.