(blended with 15% cabernet franc and 5% each merlot and petit verdot): Good deep, bright red-ruby. Bitter cherry and violet on the vibrant nose. Svelte and suave on the palate, with cool dark cherry and cassis fruit complicated by fresh herbs, flowers and a whiff of meat. Spicy minerality builds on the persistent, refreshing finish. I underrated this wine a year ago from barrel as it was extremely tight then, but I should note that the finished wine quickly went into a shell in the glass. I look forward to following this elegant, European-styled cabernet over the next 10 to 15 years.