Full violet-ruby color. Distinctive Rutherford aromas of black cherry, dark olive and mineral scents, combined with an underlying whiff of smoky-vanilla oak mixed with wild blackberry. The flavors echo the nose; olive, black cherry and Rutherford minerality, framed by medium acidity and very suave supple tannin. Medium-full bodied in texture with a fine balance between the alcohol, fruit and tannin, this young wine already drinks well, but has the stuffing to support 6-10 years aging.
Delicious with fettuccine in a rabbit and mushroom sauce, veal with demi-glace and green peppercorn sauce, or simply grilled marinated lamb.