"Deep crimson hue. Warm, brambly aromas of blackberry, black plum, smoke and bittersweet chocolate. Tangy flavors of blackberry, chocolate, chalk and new oak are very well integrated. A coffee bean note highlights the finish."
-The Wine News
This wine is deep purple in color, almost opaque even in sunlight - the first indication that there is going to be "stuff" in the glass. At first the wine shows only its' smoke, earth and mineral notes. With air the wine reveals bing cherry, strawberry, plum, vanilla, cinnamon and clove. Sweet sage and marjoram further compliment this enticing Merlot.
Ripe fruit and sweet new oak intermingle to produce a supple, mouthfilling wine that is sure to compliment many a dinner (or lunch). This wine is very pleasant to drink now with modest tannins and admirable fruit concentration. The finish is all sweet fruit and a little dab of chocolate. It will continue to develop and improve over the next five years.