This wine is powerful yet supple, with an intricate nose of baked cherry, dried currants and pomegranate fruit accented with hints of oolong tea, toffee and fragrant oak. The palate has a creamy texture that balances the chewy tannins and emphasizes the concentrated fruit flavors. Notes of dark chocolate, creamy coffee and light tobacco are drawn out over the long finish. The effort of double decanting will be well repaid by the depth of the aerated flavors.
This is a wine meant for flavorful, rich dishes as it could easily overpower more delicate preparations. Grilled lamb and herbed wild fowl are excellent pairings, but a simply seared pepper-crusted ribeye would be equally delicious. Hard, aged cheeses like piave vecchio or 12-year old gouda nicely soften the firm tannins as would dense bittersweet chocolate truffles.
Blend: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec