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This is a powerhouse of a wine beautifully crafted at the hands of the talented Sam Baxter. I recommend decanting for at least an hour and up to four hours if possible.
The wine is striking at first glance with its intense opacity and ever-so-slight rim of purple hue. It is inky purple, almost black, in the center.
The nose shows blackberry cobbler, plum, dried herbs, cassis, red licorice, and a hint of vanilla bean (from the barrel aging).
The palate is a showstopper for those who like bold wines, with layers of in-your-face black fruits, lavender, dried thyme, cocoa notes, coffee bean and a little black pepper. The acidity is medium but the tannins are gripping, softened only by decanting or aging.
Side note: All that delicious color translates to extra antioxidants so I say don’t feel TOO badly about having an extra glass! Enjoy.