Tight and taut from the get-go, time in the glass not resolving the thick woody tannins that envelop the plum and blackberry fruit that lies beneath. Anise, curry spice and bread flour does come to the fore, though. Add a backbone of lively acidity to this picture and the result is a wine that’ll shine much more in 2009 than it does now. 59% Cabernet, 19% Merlot, 15% Cab Franc, 7% Malbec. Imported by Boutique International.