Bursting with ripe red and black cherry and berry fruit, dark chocolate and tobacco leaf. Touches of smoke, brown sugar, spicy clove and dark fruit hint at the complexity that proper aging will bring.


The palate lives up to the promise of the nose with loads of sweet cassis, black cherry and berry fl avors. Well-integrated tannins are fi rm but silky, balancing the weight of the rich fruit perfectly for a velvety, full-bodied wine that drink beautifully now and can be kept 10 - 12 years.


: The grapes were harvested in early September,


The wine was bottled in March 2007.


Pumped over traditionally and macerated on the skins for 24 - 28 days. The wine was pressed to barrel for malolactic fermentation.


Aged in 75% new and 25% one-year-old heavily-toasted French oak barrels for 15-17 months.