The densely opaque, black/purple hue gives full warning to what is to come. Initial whiffs of cocoa powder and wood spice give way to concentrated blackberry and black currant fruit, with notes of black olive and bell pepper adding varietal complexity. Juicy and mouth-filling. Youthful, fine-grained tannins coat the tongue and palate. Do you have a thick New York strip steak ready to throw on the grill? I did, and it was a perfect pairing. Ready to enjoy now, it will also age gracefully for a decade or more.
MSRP: $38 (April 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 91