So dark and lovely in the glass, like looking into a garnet-colored black hole. On the nose this wine is a big fat wow! Tons of sage, spice and minty freshness over a basket of dark fruit and sweet spices. So much character, beauty, complexity and elegance. The palate is incredibly smooth, rich and delicious, with gobs of black cherries and raspberries along with notes of sweet spices, mint and tobacco. Chewy and ripe tannins add character, but they are balanced by plenty of acidity. This baby will do nothing but improve for the next 15 years. Be patient if you can stand it.