The color is an intense ruby. On the nose is dark chocolate and bright red fruit aromas, with hints of tobacco. The mid palate has a rich texture, very well balanced. Notes of dark cherry and liquorish flavors on the mouth, with velvety tannins and a lingering finish.
"Supple and generous, with rich, full-bodied plum, blackberry, currant and black licorice notes that are rough-hewn but well-structured, ending with a pleasing, chunky fruitiness.
Big & Bold
ok, to my taste, this is a deep, mellow cabernet. good tannins yet still strong fruit. ripe but not overripe, if that makes sense. i'd classify it along with the more expensive 'big cabs' from oakville. i've only had the 07 vintage, so i cannot attest to whether the same characters extend into later years. but i'd recommend this vintage while it lasts.