Rich, sustained red coloring.
Delightful hints of blackberry overlaid by the merest whiff of classy, elegant wood mixed with aromas of toast and tobacco. A bit closed at first, but the wine opens nicely with air to show balanced, fully-flavored fruit.
Soft and rounded on the attack with a touch of liveliness, remaining rounded as it develops on the palate. Somewhat firm on the finish for the time being but should soften with age. A wine for laying down and definitely worth the wait.