Eye: Dark ruby garnet color.
Nose: Sultry nose of deep-toned ripe red and black berries, smoke, and lots of stony minerals.
Mouth: Broadly-flavored and mouthfilling, with lots of soft, mouth-coating tannins and long, rich flavors of cassis, blackberry, subtle iodine, and deep herbal notes. Long finish transitions from deep fruit to minerals. Very civilized, mature, and balanced.
Cellar or drink? At its peak, drink this over the next year.
Price/store: $16 and change at Spec's on Smith.