Seductive aromas of black currant, blackberry and dark molasses emerge on the nose, with
spice and toasty oak enhancing complexity.
Medium-full in body, the mid-palate is marked by flavors of blackberry,
cherry, tea and spice, with fi rm but supple tannins taking hold. The finish is long and dramatic, revealing tight, chewy
tannins and intense tobacco, blackberry and cherry flavors making a final statement. This wine may be enjoyed now
or cellared for 15 years or more.
The wine was bottled without fining in June of 2006.
This vintage we continued to hand-sort both clusters and individual berries prior to light crushing.
The fruit was harvested by hand on September 30th, October 1st and October 12th, 2004, and macerated on the
skins for 31-32 days. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation in the barrel.
Aged for 17 months in new,
heavily-toasted French oak barrels.