Dark red velvet, saturated color, reminiscent of heavy theatre curtains. The first act for this wine unleashes a veritable symphony of powerful aromas: chocolate, cassis, forest floor, cedar and roasted espresso bean. The palate is weighty, constructed with densely layered ripe mountain tannins and flamboyant flavors of ripe blackberry and dark plum. Boasting tremendous length, the finish offers fine grain tannins and flavors of dark cocoa, cherry and espresso.
"Opaque ruby. Explosively perfumed bouquet of cherry-vanilla, blackberry, mocha and cola, along with a powerful incense note. Broad, creamy and penetrating on the palate, offering sweet dark fruit preserve flavors enlivened by smoky, spicy nuances. Clings impressively on the finish, which echoes the mocha and dark berry notes. Very substantial wine but I get no sense of undue weight. There's 7% merlot in this year's blend."
International Wine Cellar