I bought this wine at Trader Joe's a couple of years ago for $8.99. I don't know if it's still available, but if it is, I will be going back for more.
The wine looks almost black as it's poured, and the aromas match: blackberry, dark chocolate and everything black and deep. There is also a floral note and sweet, raisined fruit. On the palate, it's thick and rich, not as powerful as a Gigondas but a big wine for big flavored foods. The flavors are very ripe and glide along the palate like blackberry puree. This may not be the most complex Ripasso I've ever had, but that may come with extra time in the bottle. Most Ripassos sells for $20 to $25 so this is an excellent value