Varietal aromas of black tea and blueberry are lifted by barrel aging on the lees in a mix of American and French oak barrels. This wine opens up slowly in the glass to reveal smoke, baking spice and bright pomegranate fruit. Pair with a slow-roasted pork shoulder with herbed potatoes or a "black & blue" Ahi tuna preparation. For casual fare, try a classic BLT.
This bottling offers gingerbread cake, baked blueberry and smoked pork on the nose. It's soft on the palate, with finely polished tannins imparting a plush texture. Black plum, strawberry and a touch of mint mark the palate. The structure shows itself just enough on the finish.