A whiff of pepper blows off, revealing red cherry and grilled meat notes. Ripe, sweet red-plum flavors have a similar meatiness with toasty caramel accents. A bit green toward the finish, but with a heat not unlike pepper chaff.
Light and gently tangy, the hay, herb, and melon notes predominating here make this a softly straightforward wine. Decidedly not in the extreme style, this has easy drinking appeal, closing with gentle spice and grapefruit tones.
This wine has plenty of flavor, from mulberry to cherry cola to spice, as well as high acidity and hints of minerality. The nose offers red berry and rhubarb. All in all it’s good, but it would be better if it were more integrated.
Oak asserts itself on the nose with aromas of caramel and walnut. The age is also apparent, as this wine lacks the zippy feel of similarly priced 2005s. But it’s a good wine, nicely balanced with acidity, a rounded body and oaked flavors of caramel, nut and spice. You just wish there were a little more fruit.