Deep and eminently attractive, with huge aromas of raisin, fudge, prune and fruitcake. As broad and smooth goes, this is it. The feel is velvety, the depth coming in several layers. Elegant, forceful and a bit hedonistic.
Powerful and serious, with condensed aromas of cassis and spice. This wine features a racy, lithe feel that’s fostered by puckering acidity and lively but not overaggressive tannins. The mouth deals a mixed bag of sweet, snappy fruit, and fortunately very little in the way of intrusive characteristics.
The nose on this wine was difficult at first, yielding sulfur and some barnyard. The palate, however, issues chocolate and cherries, while the finish is mildly bitter and thick. Two of our panelists thought it good, but much like a liquid confection. Our third reviewer gushed over its soft, supple feel and early drinkability.
Dried cherry, leather, tomato and spice make for a common, recognizable bouquet, while the palate offers fresh plum and raspberry with shadings of cedar and vanilla. Lighter tannins, decent acidity and good on the tongue. All in all, it does not push the envelope.
Light, tight and leathery, a living version of a stripped down wine. The emphasis is squarely on red fruit, and that means it’s a bit sour. Nonetheless it’s innocuous and goes down easy.