A dark, full-bodied and very extracted wine with powerful fruit flavors. The currant, blackberry, plum and cherry flavors have a peppery note, especially in the aroma, and the texture is dry and lush. This young wine has lots of baby fat, but is charming now for its opulence.
While Tasting Director Joe Czerwinski was a big fan of this wine, finding it smoky, tannic and cellarworthy, our other tasters found it less appealing, calling it vegetal in one instance and muted in another. Partisans will find a dense, creamy-textured wine with flavors of chocolate and blackberries.
There’s a note of chocolate peppermint alongside the blackberry and oak aromas that’s intriguing, and it’s echoed in the mouth. This is a deliciously flavored wine, but it’s rather soft in both acids and tannins.