Inky and opaque in the glass. The nose is spicy and layered with black fruit, graphite and violets. On the palate it is very fruit driven but packs a nice tannic punch. Black currants, Blackberry jam, coffee bean and some vanilla. The tannins are quite present but not overly dry. The midpalate shows off layers of fruit, complexity and structure. The black theme continues but the tannins are really starting to grip. The finish is long, nuanced and full of flavor. There’s a definite oak influence and I’m sensing the alcohol- which turns out to be 15.4%. It’s not an issue but just be careful! I’m loving this wine for its bright Cali sunshine, it’s fruit forward style and it’s structure. Drink till 2030. 92 points and 4 stars for this limited production charmer that normally retails for $75. It’s mainly Cab Sav with 6% Cab Franc and 3% Merlot. Pair with Steaks. Salut….