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Deep purple colored with some slight rim variation showing a bluish hue.  Fast moving legs show off the 13.5% ABV.  The nose has medium intensity aromas of blackberry, chocolate powder and charred oak.  Perfume and some floral notes add to the layers of flavor.  The palate is dry with medium (-) acidity and medium tannins.  It’s very smooth without too much structure to detract from the flavors of blueberry, blackberry, chocolate and charcoal.  Medium bodied it has a short finish that I am enjoying.  It’s rather simple but very easily quaffable- this $21 bottle gets 87 points from me and 3 stars.  Drink soon with rich stews and winter dishes.  Salut….