2004 and 2003 Rhone Valley Wines (Jan 2006)

Inky ruby color. Explosively aromatic and nuanced on the nose, with intense cherry, blackberry and cassis fruit aromas complicated by licorice, cola, sassafras, magnolia and dried rose. Exotic and sweet, with wild flavors of blood orange, kirsch, raspberry jam, truffle and mocha. Dense and loaded with extract, with a distinctly unctuous, mouthcoating texture. The tannins are totally buffered by the superripe berry flavors.