Wafting aromas of ripe red currants, black cherries and mildly smoky and sweet vanilla oak. Layers of currant fruit, dense black cherry, and notes of brown spice (cocoa, nutmeg), dark chocolate, and hints of sandalwood. Keeps showing its stuff as it breathes in the glass—for folks who want the full experience and may be a bit impatient, decanting is a good idea. Perfect balance, great concentration and length, and loaded with fine, ripe tannins for having with food or for aging.
Pairs well with a wide range of foods including grilled steak, roasted pork loin, veal, medium-strong cheeses, and most cream sauces.
"Bright, deep ruby-red. Plum and blackcurrant fruit aromas along with strong exotic oak notes of chocolate, mocha and coffee. Sweet, pliant, rich and deep, with black raspberry and blackberry fruit flavors carrying a full load of extroverted spicy oak. Distinctly sweeter than the 2011 malbec and cabernet bottlings, verging on decadent. But has plenty of energy to maintain its balance. Will offer early pleasure but shows the stuffing for mid-term aging."
International Wine Cellar