Very light in color, with brick-tinged edges. That mature look is matched on the nose, which has clove and earth notes. But it is also a lot like sherry, indicating some oxidization. In the mouth, the cherry fruit is too thin and the finish is sharp.
A Beaujolais-like, candied red berry nose promises easy drinking, but the palate delivers something altogether different. Imagine a single blackberry having lost its way in a forest. Yeah, it’s that oaky.
With its leather and peanut aromas, you wonder about the fruit. But it doesn’t taste bad, although the tannins wrapped around the cherry and raisin fruit are hard as cement. It finishes dry and hard, with too much tannin and not enough pulp.
A deep purple colored wine, with violet and lavender perfumes. There are firm tannins, and flavors of sweet, black fruits, balanced with acidity. The wine is just spoilt by a touch of leaness to finish.
Nice parts try to surface here, showing hints at a serious Shiraz: Very dark, tart, sweet fruit, herb and tar accents, and a mouthfilling, if dryly woody feel. The problem? Massive, overbearing oak that envelops and submerges all else, even after an hour of breathing.