There is a high level of ripeness but not jamminess on the plum, cassis, violet, spice and earthy aromas. I very much like the freshness and vibrancy of the mouth coating, robust and impressively concentrated big-bodied flavors that coat the palate with dry extract on the hugely long finale. This is an imposingly dense wine that is definitely going to require, and reward, extended cellaring. This too is excellent.
Redolent red fruits and violets on the nose here, with a hint of start anise and smoke. The palate has great depth, with a penetrating core of red and black fruits framed by polished, chalky tannins. This refinement gives a hedonistic, ripe quality to the fruit, yet taming acidity brings great balance to the long, fine finish.