||Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
||Glass-staining ruby. Heady aromas of dried cherry-vanilla, blackberry and pungent herbs, with a sexy potpourri nuance building in the glass. Juicy, concentrated and broad, offering lush cherry compote and licorice pastille flavors and a hint of fruitcake. Smooth, fine-grained tannins shape the clinging, smoky finish, which leaves sweet black and blue fruit notes behind. Showcases the ripeness of the vintage but comes off as surprisingly lively, with no rough edges.
||Smoky, fiery initial aromas of cinnamon, baking spices, schist and red-berry fruits echo with licorice and minerality. This is a big boy with 15.5% abv and a layered, rich, heady palate. Deep, dark, lusty plum and blackberry flavors run long on the finish, with notes of leather and wild herbs. Drink from 2017 through 2025. Cellar Selection