A firm, tight wine that is showing black currants, some bitter chocolate and a pronounced element of acidity. The tannins are well-defined, giving a firm, rich underlay to the final, fresh burst of juicy black fruits.
Still fresh, this shows red currant and red berry fruit flavors over a smoky layer of wood, licorice and spice. It has some warmth, a smoothly textured wine that only has a glimpse of rustic tannin beneath the flavors.
Remember that old TV commercial asking, “Where’s the beef?” You can apply that here. It smells fresh enough, and there’s cranberry-styled tart fruit backed up by oak. But it’s way short on soul and stuffing. No need to hold this; drink it now for what fruit there is. Made from 75% Merlot.