Smooth-textured, with toasty oak nuances upfront. The wine serves up a complex blackberry, currant, chocolate, spice and herb pastiche that spreads out wonderfully on the palate, finishing long. —J.M.
Quite ripe and rich in the nose, with hints of cherry, cedar and spice. On the palate it shows fine-tuned cherry, strawberry, chocolate, tar, toast, vanilla, spice and herb flavors. The tannins are silky and the finish long.