(USA, California, Napa Valley)
The color is almost black. The nose has aromas that are dark and rich; black and blueberry fruit, cocoa, smoky tea and toasty oak. Definitely needs decanting and seems young. The palate was all over the place. Lots of tang, big cherry, cocoa, lavender and mineral earth emerge to add interest. The fruit takes over, a riot of red and black berries and stone fruit dominating with savory oak and the darker elements of earth and cocoa flavors showing around the edges. Tannins are gripping. This wine was a little disjointed to me. It is not smooth and enjoyable. It does have some strong characteristics in the tea and cocoa area but it is just not smooth enough for me at 26 bucks a bottle.