WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES: The wine is inky dark, almost opaque with a deep, purple hue. On the nose, it opens with intense violets, blueberry and blackberry aromas with a toasty caramel and cinnamon undertone. Further aeration reveals deeper, complex layers of ripe plums, white pepper followed by licorice, cedar and a touch of mint. This wine is extracted and heavy but well balanced—all the way to a big, hedonistic, juicy, mouth-filling finish. Longevity is to be expected from this variety for the next 8–12 years.