Glass-staining purple. Complex, exotically perfumed nose offers cassis and boysenberry notes complicated by ink and graphite. Then brighter and fresher on the palate, with hints of tobacco, potpourri and apricot pit complementing red and dark berry flavors. Finishes with above-average clarity for the year and a sappy, clinging quality.
Tasted blind. Very dark. Cedary, leafy but also some sweet vanilla. Floor polish? More heavily extracted than most but also more fruit depth so it almost makes it. Pretty tough overall. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2025