Just looking at this wine in the glass I have made some assumptions: 1) low acidity, 2) high tannins, 3) ripe fruit flavors/aromas, 4) full body, 5) high alcohol. Let’s see.
Deep purple colored with a blue tinge on the edges and marked staining of the glass sides. Slow moving legs on the wall. The nose has aromas of ripe blackberry, baked blueberry pie, licorice, vanilla, yeasty baking spice notes and really ripe black plum. The palate is dry and guess what? Very tannic. Low acidity with a full body and lush flavors of very ripe black and blue fruit, oak influence by way of vanilla, baking spice and charred wood. The finish has got a black tea component and is quite astringent but the flavors last a decent amount of time. I love this varietal, and this is a decently made example that runs $16. It gets 90 points from me and 5 stars. Drink till 2027 with hearty meat dishes. BTW the alcohol was 13.5%, my only wrong guess. Salut….