Beautiful carmine red with bright violet at the rim. The nose and palate stand out for the black fruit framed by notes of spice and ground coffee. This is a wine with good structure and fine-grained tannins that are still very young and promise good longevity in the bottle.
The wine presents notes of spice and black pepper that are highlighted by hints of toasty oak. Silky tannins and pleasing, well-balanced acidity leads to the refreshing finish.
Fruit from Max V, VI and VII Vineyards was crushed and fermented in stainless steel with pump overs twice per day. Post-fermentation maceration lasted 10-36 days depending on the development of each lot, and the wine was aged for 12 months in French and American oak barrels, of which 18% were new.