This is a delightfully chewy, extracted and penetrating wine that oozes blackness: Black licorice, black fruit, resin, slate, charcoal and chalkboard grow in intensity with each swirl. A very intense, modern wine that sees 18 months of oak aging for taut tannins and a supple, velvety mouthfeel. Would pair well with aged cheeses or grilled meats.
There’s an attractive smoky or dusty mineral quality to this wine that comes on the heels of fresh red fruit, blackberry and exotic spice. Velvety and caressing in the mouth, this red boasts great structure and length on the finish.
One extra year of bottle aging has replaced the fruity aromas with rich honey, banana and vanilla bean. If you are looking for freshness, go for the 2004 vintage; and the 2003 if you want a complex, creamier wine. Imported by Michael Skurnik Wines.