Hand-picked, whole berries and whole bunches small batch open-fermented, larger concrete fermenters at the original winery also included for extended maceration on skins for 2 weeks, matured for 19 months in French oak (27% new). Both bouquet and medium-bodied palate offer a tapestry of black fruits, spices and black pepper, tannins woven through the succulent, juicy black fruits, French oak there or thereabouts, and fine lingering tannins. *Special Value Selection*
(30 percent new French oak) Bright violet. Potent, mineral-accented dark berry, cola and licorice scents are complemented by hints of allspice, mocha and candied flowers. Fleshy and appealingly sweet, offering concentrated cassis, cherry-vanilla and violet pastille flavors that are underscored by a vein of smoky minerality. Displays excellent depth and energy and shows impressive focus on the long, sweet finish, which is framed by smooth, harmonious tannins. (JR)
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