A powerfully structured Merlot. The color is dark and dense. The nose is a rich and exotic array of red cherry, chocolate and roasted coffee beans with accents of smoky barrel ferment and vanilla oak characters. Rich, intense flavors of cherry and cocoa roll through the palate, leading to a wine of amazing structure and balance. Tannins, while being substantial, are ripe and round. The finish is long and lingering. Added complexity will be rewarded through careful cellaring over the next 5 to 10 years and perhaps beyond.