(made with 20% whole clusters and raised in 45% new French oak for 22 months; 12.8% alcohol): Glass-staining ruby. Highly energetic aromas of cassis, black raspberry, smoky minerals and sexy oak spices. Silky and sweet on entry, then vibrant and taut in the mid-palate, showing impressive density and energy to its dark berry, bitter cherry and mineral flavors. Finishes impressively long, with mounting tannins and a whiplash of sappy dark berry fruit. Very promising but definitely in need of more bottle age.