Bright, with an opaque ruby/purple core thinning to violet right at the rim. Intense and complex aromas, with blackberry and black cherry fruit, framed with smoky vanilla, anise, cinnamon and cracked pepper spice, accented by tobacco, pencil lead, and subtle floral notes. An immediate burst of concentrated black fruit on the front palate of blackberry jam, black cherry, and a little black currant from the Cabernet component. Beautifully integrated spice of sweet vanilla layered with licorice, and black pepper. Tobacco, pencil shavings, and a slight mineral component come in toward the back palate. Finish is very long, crisp, and complex with soft lingering tannins, rich spice and lingering fruit.
Blend: 77% Syrah, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Grenache