Nose

Sweet and smoky on the nose, the 2003 vintage pairs tempting aromas of black cherry, cassis, unsweetened chocolate and vanilla with hints of cedar.

Palate

The silky, expansive palate evokes a medley of ripe blueberry, blackberry and cherry flavors, woven with brooding notes of smoke and tobacco. Supple tannins highlight a long, full finish, accented by a range of dried currant, white pepper, vanilla and cream. This wine may be enjoyed now or cellared for 10 years or more.

Harvest

The grapes were harvested in the first two weeks of October.

Bottling

The wine was bottled in April 2005.

Winemaking

Pumped over traditionally and macerated on the skins for 29-42 days. The wine was pressed to barrel for malolactic fermentation.

Aging

Aged in 85% new and 15% one-year-old heavily-toasted French oak barrels for 15-17 months.