Restrained but complex in the nose with black cherry fruit laced
around notes of sandalwood, truffles, and nutmeg. The wine is
firm and concentrated on the palate with flavors of warm raspberry
and black cherry alongside spicy accent notes of licorice, cola, and
cedar. The mouth-filling flavors are intense, but without excessive
weight. Refined, earthy tannins are framed by bright acidity. The
wine continues to gain depth and persistence with time in the glass,
as it will in the bottle.
This firmly structured wine is just the right
complement to a meal of smoked sausage cassoulet or pan-seared
steak with a wild mushroom ragout.