It opens with aromas of sweet spices as well as plums, cherries and red and green peppercorns.
Luscious flavors of dark chocolate and bold, ripe fruit. Balance, layering of flavors and a long aromatic finish results from the marriage of selected barrels and extensive aging.
Forty percent new oak is used on this blend and the wine is kept in barrel for 22 months. New oak consists of 25% French oak and 75% American oak barrels which have had the staves air dried for three years. The rest of the barrels are one and two years old. As the wine ages we may substitute neutral barrels at racking to prevent the wine from over-oaking.