This is really well structured for the vintage with dried strawberries, wet earth and dried-flower character. Full-bodied, chewy and very fine. Intense and long finish. A beauty.
...wonderfully fruity entry bounces along, offering a punch bowl full of spicy cherries, with extensive highlights. Sniff and taste streaks of clove, coffee, fresh earth and mushroom—all clean and harmonious.
An exotic, highly perfumed bouquet evokes red berry preserves, cherry cola, incense, Asian spices and mocha, plus a smoky mineral overtone. Sappy, appealingly sweet and expansive in the mouth, offering intense, concentrated black raspberry, spicecake, vanilla and rose pastille flavors... The cola and floral qualities recur on a strikingly long, spice-accented finish, which is framed by velvety, well-knit tannins.