Cherry cola and sassafras dominate the nose, with an underlying layer of earthiness. The ongoing addition of new clones continues to drive this wine to the next level. Perfumed aromas of raspberry, black cherry and exotic spices emanate from the glass, intermingled with earthy, forest floor notes. Earthy notes on the entry of the palate subside to give way to raspberry, maraschino cherry and Asian spices. Fresh acidity provides a backbone of supple tannins, dark chocolate and lingering cherry fruit. The palate finishes with creamy strawberry and raspberry flavors and gives way to smoked meats, clove and sweet vanilla.
"Vivid red. Highly aromatic, complex bouquet of dark berries, cherry pit, anise, white pepper and mace. Deeply pitched but lively cherry and black raspberry flavors are complemented by vanilla, Asian spices and candied licorice. Shows impressive energy and finishes with firm but harmonious tannins and excellent smoky persistence."
International Wine Cellar