A lush, superripe wine filled with blackberry fruit that verges on jammy, this picks up touches of vanilla, chocolate and spice that keep it from being a simple fruit bomb. It’s full-bodied but balanced, with hints of coffee and tar on the finish. Drink now–2015.
Shows a bit of unintegrated oak on the nose—dry toast and vanilla notes stick out—but there’s also a fair dose of blackberry fruit to go with it. In the mouth, the taut berry flavors continue to wear a dry, cedary veneer; give this another year to pull the disparate elements together.
Perhaps this wine just needs some additional cellaring, as the finish is long enough to suggest promise, but this particular bottle was in a cranky stage, showing lots of toasted oak and coffee-like aromas and tart acidity. The tannins seem ripe, so it’s worth trying again in a year or two.
There’s good berry juiciness here and a nice smattering of nutmeg and cumin spice layered over a bed of tropical nuts. Only the barest hint of tannin comes through on the medium finish. Drink now.