(a sangiovese/merlot blend) Dark, saturated ruby. Overripe red and black cherry fruit aromas with hints of game and tar are complicated by minty blackberry jam. Fat, supple and full, with impressive mid-palate breadth, this boasts substantial ripe dark cherry, mocha and coffee liqueur flavors, with licorice and spice notes adding considerable complexity. This rather big-boned wine offers surprising mid-palate flavor delineation for its outsized ripeness. Much more persistent on the back end than the ’04 base bottling, but this needs time.