A 60-40 blend, this wine starts off with scents of vanilla, coffee and cinnamon, but backs that up with plenty of blackberry and plum fruit. It's big and full-bodied, but firm, defined by structure rather than lushness. Drink now-2012.
Aptly named, for the oak influence here is strong—a dusty woodiness that’s almost cedary. Fortunately, it’s well integrated with the full-bodied cherry fruit. Finishes dry, but soft and ripe. —J.C.