Encouraging from the beginning, where aromas of cherry, plum, wood grain, lemon peel and olive draw you in. Deep and pure on the palate, with ultraripe, defined and delicious red-fruit flavors. Smooth and lasting, with mouthfilling tannins and snap.
Round and powerful, she’s a brick house. This wine features a tough exterior with a piercing streak of ripe cherry running through the middle. Boxed-in cherry and raspberry flavors grace the firm palate, and there’s more than enough tannins to the starching finish. Now it’s probably better with food; in a couple of years it should soften up. —M.S.