A measured, filigreed, fresh and delightful wine with peppery, liquorice, bay leaf and black olive aromatics. On the palate, there are juicy, dark fruits, well-integrated oak, lovely weight and sweet spice/dried floral notes. Everything is in place. The acidity is vital and the length exceptional.
Ripe black cherry and plum are shaded by savory tones of tobacco, spice and earth in this richly textured yet finessed wine. It's full bodied and succulent but balanced by crisp acidity and a tannic frame. Immediately enjoyable it should hold through 2022. -ANNA LEE C. IIJIMA