(2012 Vintage) The color is black cherry red with a pink halo. The nose is dominated by oak spice, with plums, Altoid’s spice, chocolate powder. This is a silky smooth wine up front with a good bit of spice showing up at the mid palate. It tastes of rich, extracted blackberry, sweet blueberry and milk chocolate. The mid palate changes things up with a stew of spices, along with a nice contrast of strawberry. The tannins make their presence known but do not get in the way and the acidity is balanced. The finish is full and long.