The palate, though big and opulent, has an elegant, smooth texture, some mocha and cedar oak character combined with ripe, dark berry fruit and fine tannins.
Earth & Spicy
The first two bottles of this wine - one from the late 90s and another from 2003 - were outstanding. This 2010 was underwhelming. Great color, but the bouquet was plum and a little pepper...and it took 2 hours in the decanter and continual swirling to get that much. I liked the front attack, which showed some blackberry and plum but not much action on the mid-palate and disappeared quickly. It may need 3-5 more years as it was a little tight.