($26) Dark violet. Smoky cassis and blueberry aromas are accented by incense, graphite and dried flowers. Spicy red and dark berry flavors are impressively precise and nicely framed by fine-grained tannins. Develops a chewy texture with air and finishes bright and fresh, with repeating mineral and floral pastille notes and impressive persistence.
($27) Bright red. Intensely aromatic nose shows a fresh red berry personality with seductive notes of smoke and incense. There are no rough edges or herbacity to the lush raspberry and blackberry flavors, which expand and deepen on the long, juicy finish. Fine-grained tannins add a lightly chewy quality. A suave, creamy and utterly seductive shiraz that's drinking awfully well already. (Epicurean Wines, Seattle, WA)