The nose is layered with black cherry, blueberries, cassis, and has touches of dark spices, black tea, and charred oak. The palate is fruit forward, supple in the middle and finishes with long, soft tannins. Aging in 25% new French oak barrels adds structure and complexity to the fruit.
An early bud break, wet spring soils, and a long growing season produced a vintage with excellent quality. A wet spring started fast and rapid growth was met with average summer temperatures, which slowed development and reduced yields. The result was a moderate crop of well-concentrated fruit that ripened fully and slowly before an early harvest.