(From 2009 Vintage) Dark and bold with aromas of white blossom, spice and cedar. Firm and impressive, this wine opens with jammy flavors of boysenberry and cassis with a floral essence that is almost citrusy. Layers of clove, cedar and tobacco encompassed by big, yet rounded, tannins add weight and length to the finish.
"Good full ruby. Aromas of crushed blackberry and blueberry, bitter chocolate, mocha and licorice. The palate offers a plush, sweet wave of primary fruit, showing lovely lift and grip and impressive energy. Sweeter than the 2007 today if perhaps a bit less serious for the longer term. But this wine's strong but integrated acidity nicely frames the flavors and extends the finish. I like this style!" -- International Wine Cellar