A remarkably deep, inky purple. The nose is complex and still developing, with notes of oak, cedar, cigar box, cloves, licorice, tapenade, game, and other meats, followed by mushrooms, an earthy minerality, and briary fruit. Full-bodied, with an enveloping floral character, the palate also suggests olive tapenade, black fruit, and pruney jam. Mouth-coating, with a chewy texture and grippy tannins. Rich. Intensely concentrated fruit. No flab.
Food pairing: duck in sauce; cassoulet