Deep, dark brick red to blood plum in color. Aromas are a seamless blend of creme de cassis, hazelnut, cocoa, blackberry preserves, charry meat, and blackberry pie along with suggestions of dark licorice, stewed rhubarb, strawberry, spice and vanillin. The palate is rich and satisfying with chocolate brownie, yogurt, molasses, brown sugar and rhubarb notes presented in perfect balance with higher-toned fruit emphasis. Pairs well with cowboy-cut, grilled rib eye steak with bearnaise sauce; lamb chops with balsamic reduction; or a charcuterie platter with smoked duck breast, dry-cured pork sausage, figs, pecans and sliced apple.
Wine SpectatorBright and lively, with a light bramble note weaving in among the raspberry, plum and blackberry compote flavors as toast and licorice hints check in. The brambly element keeps this energetic through the finish. Drink now through 2022.