Round and fairly plush, this special selection shows a complex nose with cherry, spice, toffee, licorice and leather elements. There is very good depth of predominately sour-cherry fruit and a wonderful texture in the mouth. Finishes firm and dry, with an anise note. Solid tannins could use 2 or 3 years to resolve.
At first the wine seems to tip in favor of oak over substance; the nose is slightly lemony and caramelized. But as it airs out and opens up you get some juiciness but even more bruising roasted fruit. Tight and aggressive on the finish, with more than enough wood spice. Still youthful despite its 1996 birthdate.