A complex and intense wine built for ageing yet approachable now. Concentrated cassis, blackberry and dried blueberry fruit are given intrigue by the burlap, bacon, vanilla, dried sage and hints of cedar, violet and paprika. The palate is medium bodied yet powerful with firm ripe tannins and refreshing acidity and lots of blue and black fruits, dark chocolate covered black cherry, black olive, dried herbs, spice, orange zest and graphite on the long finish. Pair this with classic beef tenderloin with a red wine demi-glace or pork tenderloin or vegetables slathered and roasted with achiote paste.
-- Rhys Pender, Master of Wine