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


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.