90% Merlot; 5% Cabernet Franc; 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. From its nicely ripened, medium-deep aromas to its extracted flavors and through to its slightly grippy, tannin-firmed finish, this successful effort sports a clear and constant allotment of black cherry fruit. Likely to remain gruff for the next several years, it has the depth to keep well.
Bright, deep ruby-red. Brooding aromas of crushed blueberry, bitter chocolate and roast coffee. Rich, broad and sweet, with an almost liqueur-like ripeness of dark berries leavened by brisk acidity and firm minerality. Lots of lift and life here for such a lush, creamy wine. Finishes with big, sweet, building tannins and terrific palate-staining length. This should enjoy a long evolution in bottle.