There’s no shortage of hickory and cinnamon aromas, which are derived from the wine’s copious oak. In the mouth, it’s all about cassis, blackberry, cola and chocolate...that and a tiny hint of butter and vanilla. A little chewy and thick on the finish, with black pepper and carob.
Earthy and herbal on the nose, with a nice blanket of leather to add rusticity to the wine’s core cherry and raspberry aromas. The palate is full, chewy and a touch candied, with roasted berry, herb and chocolate flavors. Finishes lightly roasted as well; drink now.
A big disappointment given past performance and price. The nose flat-out reeks of roasted peppers, earth and leather. Through its rough tannins, leafiness and heavy olive flavor it’s about as green and mean as a high-end wine can be. The blend is Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc and Carmenère.