Road 13's "Honest Jons" (2007; 95% merlot, 5% gamay, 100% love): the cute girl that should eventually hit the B-list, or even A-list if she gets that web traffic up. OR: a lesser, but upper-tier, Baldwin brother (William). Blackberry-ish. Good to drink when you what you really want is a good pie. Let that shizz breathe though.
ALSO: burn your hands on the fire that is the Platinum Pied Pipers' Abundance
La Coq Rouge (2006; France) - Varietal mix of mostly Syrah, Cab Sauv, Merlot, a bit of Grenache. In other words, a real mutt. The label claims it goes well with vintage Rolling Stones, which should be a warning in itself of boomer mediocrity (per classic rock stations, not Stones output). Tastes like classic rock radio (albeit with a whiff of strawberry/cherry), cougars in mom jeans - thus, let this shizz breathe. Could go well with spicy food, to overwhelm its averageness.