The wine appears a garnet-edged, deep ruby red, notably
luminous and vibrant. A multi-layered, rich nose first offers a
broad array of aromas, including wild red berry, and
darker-fleshed fruit such as dried plum, blackcurrant, and
blackberry, nicely lifted by subtle hints of sweet violets,
dogwood blossom, vanilla and other spices. Last to emerge
are pungent nuances of roasted espresso bean, cocoa
powder, and tobacco leaf. The palate is alcoholically warm,
with a velvety mouthfeel, while a lively acidity and tasty,
fine-grained tannins contribute to an exemplary balance.
Subtle fruit notes enrich a very long-lingering finish.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS:Beef stews, braised meats with
potatoes, cheeses that are aged but not too pungent, and
large game, such as boar.