Bright black cherry and blueberry aromas drift out of the glass with the first swirl, accented with a hint of bacon fat. Flavors on the palate show roasted coffee and dark fruit, with a long finish accentuated by firm, ripe tannins. Enjoy with roasted duck breast with rum and coffee marinade, or other strongly flavored red meats.
The one-year old record heat of summer 2014 was surpassed, with 29 days of 90+ temperatures. The very hot growing season resulted in thickened skins and a slightly more tannic profile than usual, making this wine well suited for cellaring. Aged 18 months in 10% new American oak barrels.