This is full of ripe black cherry, black currant, licorice, sandalwood, game and flinty mineral aromas and flavors. Juicy and harmonious, with a dense matrix of tannins and lively acidity for support. Terrific length.
Here too the underlying earth, spice and dark berry fruit aromas have to fight through a pungent mask of menthol and wood toast. On the plus side there is outstanding intensity and power to the full-bodied, robust and muscular flavors that offer more minerality if slightly less mid-palate density though notably better depth on the markedly firm finish.