The nose is lively and expressive with notes of dark cherry and savory dried herbs.
On the palate, its juicy red fruit is mouthwatering in its intensity, and there are hints of graphite and leather. It has great acid and restrained mountain tannins that contribute to a lingering, structured finish. This vintage is lighter in body and is notable for its savory qualities as much as its bright, fresh fruit.
As for food pairings, this is a very versatile vintage. It has the structure and strength to pair beautifully with beef yet is nuanced enough to let lighter fare shine.