...a gorgeous nose of crème de cassis, scorched earth, violets, pepper, and a liquid rock-like minerality. It’s full-bodied and concentrated on the palate, with background oak, flawless balance, ripe yet present tannins, and a great, great finish...has gorgeous purity of fruit and an incredible sense of class.
This is packed with intense dark fig, blackberry and boysenberry reduction flavors that show a subtle singed alder thread as they assert themselves, weaving around while mouthwatering anise and bay leaf notes filter through. The finish shows a late echo of scorched earth, with the fruit keeping pace. A dense and muscular wine, yet with superb detail. One for the cellar.
A highly complex bouquet displays an array of mineral-accented dark fruit, floral and spice qualities complemented by suggestions of olive paste, cola, licorice and incense. Stains the palate with densely packed dark berry, cherry, candied violet and fruitcake flavors... Shows real finesse for its depth of flavor and finishes extremely long and precise, with a building mineral note, youthfully firm tannins and outstanding, spice- and floral-tinged persistence.
...overly marked by wood, with notes of charred oak and mocha dominating the fruit. It's full-bodied, intense and velvety, with black olive nuances coming through on the finish...