Cycles Gladiator symbolizes a celebration of the freedom and happiness that pervaded Europe in the late 19th century – during an era known as the Belle Epoque. This era marked many notable inventions and improvements to daily life, not the least of which was the modern bicycle, or “Le Bicycle Velocipede.”

Enthusiasts looking for a great deal should check out this bottle. The nose is harmonious, with aromas of blackberry, plum and boysenberry flowing into notes of sweet tobacco, crisp bacon, and pepper. Plush tannins carry flavors of dark fruit, bacon, and black pepper. Quite approachable and fairly complex, at about $10, it’s quite the value.

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