The nose of this wine shows delicate herbal notes when first opened, then blossoms with scents of red raspberry, black raspberry, red currant, cranberry, and hints of violet perfume. Flavors when first opened are restrained, with red raspberry dominant. As the wine opened with decanting, a bright, spicy acidity and somewhat dry tannins were evident, softening to show viscous red raspberry, black raspberry, hints of wood char expressed as graphite, a tantalizing hint of fresh mowed hay, and essence of red clay soil on a hot summer day. The finish was long and silky, and got longer and longer as the wine opened. The delightful, fresh, spice, violets and firm tannins.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (RP): 92
"... Black raspberry and dark cherry mingle with gentian, violet, and orange rind, which are joined by black tea and brown spices on a silken and persistently juicy palate..."