($22; 70% shiraz and 30% grenache) Inky violet. Intensely perfumed nose melds dark berry and plum compote aromas with exotic incense and baking spices. Fresh, focused and pure, with vibrant red and dark berry flavors, a silky texture and slowly mounting cinnamon and clove notes. Finishes vibrant, spicy and long.
($40) Inky ruby. Ripe boysenberry and creme de cassis on the nose, plus a pungent yellow rose quality. The lush, creamy dark berry flavors veer toward inky but are lifted by bright mineral and floral pastille notes. Exotic spices arrive on the finish, which is seductively sweet yet precise. There's lots going on here.
($58; an 80/2% blend) Dark purple. The nose offers an explosively aromatic array of sexy red and dark berry scents accompanied by vanilla, sandalwood, cola and baking spices. Precise blackberry and boysenberry flavors reach every nook and cranny of the palate and seem to gain energy on the finish. Extremely appealing, suave and fresh, offering a striking melange of bright and ripe qualities. (Epicurean Wines, Seattle, WA)