The bouquet smells warm, earthy, leathery and chock full of dark berry aromas. It’s a voluminous wine with tannic grip but no overt bite. The flavor profile is concentrated and amped up, with cassis, blackberry and molasses flavors that culminate with notes of coconut and buttery oak on the finish. Drink now–2015.
Ripe almost to the point of overdone, but then it draws itself back. The nose is one part baked and one part ripe cassis and blackberry. And the palate is more or less the same thing: cassis, berry, savory roasted flavors and chocolate are all present and accounted for. Finishes with a splash of BBQ and brandied cherry. A big, broad blend of Syrah, Cabernet, Merlot…