If you’re used to Napa Cabs, this will come as a surprise. It’s earthier, with dried cherry and herb flavors and lots of spices. The tannins don’t try to hide themselves, but are in your face. Finally, the wine is dry and modest in alcohol. It’s really interesting.
This wine is dominated by acids and tannins that numb the mouth, although the blackberry and cherry flavors are so ripely powerful, they come through unscathed. Feels rustic now, but it’s thoroughly dry, and could be more interesting in a year or two.