Aromas of dark cherry, baked earth, and anise fruit scents are complemented by an added layer of smoky intensity. Medium-full bodied, the wine shows great textural richness and length on the palate, with fine tannins and rich berry and mineral fruit flavors. Hints of black olive and lovely, toasty French oak vanilla (80% new barrels) support the delicious ripe fruit high notes, giving great complexity and spiciness to this velvety wine. This is a handcrafted wine in every sense of the word. This vintage should mature well for 10 years or more, and make a fine accompaniment to dishes such as braised short ribs, grilled lamb chops or assertive cheeses like Dry Jack or Manchego.