Inky purple, paper thin clear rim, noticeable legs.
Bold aromas of candied violet, black berry jam on burnt toast, orange zest, equal parts French and American oak lend a cigar and coconut face off.
Dry and dusty, citric acidity, muscular tannins, and present alcohol lead to a medium body.
Intensely strong ripe and pruned cherries lead to a woody cedar yet orange peel finish. Medium plus length.
Can drink now will age for 5 more years. Needs salty, savory dishes with some protein or Manchego cheese to calm the tannins. Edgy stuff, very good quality (4 of 5).
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