The 2009 Salus is a multifaceted wine that exhibits a beautiful interplay between the fresh and the savory, simultaneously displaying prominent lifted and grounded components. A nose of black cherries, pomegranate and cassis spiced by cardamom, a pinch of white pepper and wood shavings fills the glass. The smooth yet lively palate of black raspberries and cinnamon inflected plums is deepened by notes of dark chocolate, forest floor and a hint of miso. The seamless exit leads to a polished finish of fine-grained tannins with a refreshing lift of acidity. A beautiful wine that is drinking delightfully well now, this complex blend will develop additional layers if given a bit more time to integrate and evolve.