Sweet aromas of raisin, marzipan, cassis and blackberry blend with notes of licorice and vanilla to form a pretty nose. The palate is full and lush, with power and bold berry and sweet spice flavors. Chocolaty and soft on the finish. Drink now through 2013.
Berry, lemon peel, tobacco and molasses aromas make for a rich and appealing bouquet. The palate is chewy and mildly syrupy in feel, with baked black-fruit flavors receiving a boost from molasses and spice notes. This is dark, handsome and generous but not overly complex. Drink now–2016.
Slightly dry and leafy on the nose, but with beef jerky, cola and mild raisin aromas. The palate is forward, with controlled heat and tannin along with cola, berry and mushroom flavors. Honest in a traditional way, with a long finish that shows a touch of sweet brown sugar. Drink now.
There’s a lot of raw power on this jumbled red that starts with rubber and spice before settling on maple. The mouth is a cacaphony of loud flavors, while the finish is stark. Needs finesse to match the aggressiveness.