A powerfully structured Merlot. The color is dark and dense. The nose is a rich and exotic array of plum, spice and red cherry aith accents of smokey barrel ferment and vanilla oak characters. This is followed by a palate of huge proportion. Rich, intense flavors of cherry and spice roll through the palate, leading to a wine of amazing structure and balance. Tannins, while being substantial, are ripe and round. The finish is long and lingering. Added complexity will be rewarded through careful cellaring over the next 5 to 10 years and perhaps beyond.