The bottle for the evening was a 2003 Lava Cap American River Red. We purchased this bottle from WineQ for $11.99 with free shipping! It clocked in at 14.5% alcohol by volume and had a real cork closure. The wine is a blend of 46% Syrah, 20% Zinfandel, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Sangiovese, and 7% Merlot, and hails from El Dorado County.
On the nose I found oak, spice, cedar, blackberries, and dark fruit. In the mouth there were black fruits, black currants, and a slight hint of blackberry. The wine was spicy and had an alcohol kick, but was great after it aired a bit.
My overall impressions were "woah" and this still needs a bit of time or to be decanted for a while before serving. We drank this on it's own, but I would suggest serving it with pasta or meatloaf!