(2010 Vintage) Inky ruby. Intense cherry, blackcurrant, licorice, pipe tobacco and cedary oak aromas show superb clarity and energy. Sweet, penetrating cherry-cola and bitter chocolate flavors are deeply concentrated but lively, picking up woodsmoke, floral pastille and allspice nuances with air. Smooth, harmonious tannins build slowly on the finish.
International Wine CellarMedium red, amber at the rim. Roasted, developed nose hints at walnut and prune; slight Madeira hint. Smooth in texture, but a wine of modest delineation and flavor intensity. I don't find the flavor development that the wine's 13.4% alcohol would indicate. Finishes with fine, tongue-dusting tannins that turn a bit dry.