Big & Bold
Deep ruby hue; Blackberry, Cassis, Tobacco, & Licorice on the nose (very fragrant); Medium+ body; Well-balanced, nicely structured; Bold luscious fruit with bright acidity at the beginning that smoothes out; Not overly oaky. Long finish with noticeable, but well integrated tannins. Decanted for about 2 hours...got better with time. This lush, juicy wine has all the promise of a classic; full of potential, but needs at least a couple of years (maybe more) cellar time.
Big & Bold
Dark purple color. Extraordinary aromas of mocha, violets, chocolate and cedar, with just the right amount of oak to balance. First sip is more fruit forward with juicy ripe blackberries, but quickly followed by coffee bean spice, chocolate covered cherries, and layers of concentrated dark fruit flavors. There are great fruit and oak tannins that give a definite sweetness. Once you swallow, you will keep enjoying this wine for another 2-3 minutes due to its long, lingering finish! Would definitely benefit from cellar time...maybe 2-3 years (or more).