Aromas of wild raspberries, rainier cherries, cassis, Asian spices, creme brulee, truffles and forest floor, espresso, cola and truffles burst out of the glass. Intense flavors of berries and anise with a hint of wild game coat the palate. The palate is silky in texture with five spice and cardamom giving way to strawberry and raspberry fruit across the mid-palate. The back palate displays spicy oak, supple tannins, coffee and orange rind, all of which combine for a long, lasting finish. Sandalwood, vanilla, and anise are countered with berries and black cherry skin in the mouth. This is a complete wine, showing true Hirsch site specificity. With each year the mature vines at Hirsch seem to bring more complexity and balance to the wine.