(a 40/39/14/7 blend): Good deep red. Aromas of plum, dark cherry, cassis and tobacco are lifted by a floral topnote. Quite aromatic on the palate, with intense berry and tobacco flavors complicated by chocolate, herbs and a distinctly gamey syrah element. Flowers and sexy oak (one-third new) add complexity to this plush, broad wine. Finishes classically dry, with serious, tooth-dusting tannins and excellent savory length.
The dark tobacco, bittersweet cocoa, roasted plum and juniper notes are all melded together, with a grippy feel gracing the graphite-edged finish. Solid, if a touch chunky. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Drink now through 2015. 1,500 cases imported.-JM