Deep cherry fruit hits both the nose and palate upon the first sip, followed by soft hints of summer anise. Touches of pipe tobacco and spicy oak lend weight to the finish, trailed by firm, assertive tannins.
Opaque ruby. Pungent dark fruits, licorice and woodsmoke on the nose. Ripe and chewy, offering rich blackcurrant and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of spiciness. Distinctly rich wine with serious heft and a touch of bitter chocolate on the finish. This could handle the richest red meat preparations with ease.
89 Points Stephen Tanzer