This is a Valreas that I buy nearly every vintage for $5.99 at Trader Joe's. In the past, I did not consider it a serious competitor to the Val des Rois described below. Tonight, drinking the two wines side by side, I prefer the co-op wine from Trader Joes to the $14.99 Val des Rois. That could change in a few years.
Deep crimson, looks like a Grenache-based wine from the Southern Rhone, which it is. It also smells and tastes like a good CDR Villages. Ripe strawberries with a touch of black pepper. Smooth on the palate, not as concentrated as the Val des Rois but more enjoyable. A bit riper than it need be but has authentic flavors that linger and please.