(2009 Vintage) The color is an opaque black cherry red with a strawberry rim. The nose is blackberry, strawberry, cedar, cocoa powder and menthol. Full bodied and silky on the palate, it starts with chocolate covered cherries, oak vanilla, cassis and licorice. The mid palate shows firm tannins, they are definitely there, but they do not bite, along with blueberries in cream and a slight touch of oak spice. There is also a nice dry sensation that hits on the mid palate, it will have you smacking your lips. The finish is fairly strong and fairly long.