Dark red-black in color with an intense nose of sweet tobacco and coffee mixed with dark chocolate, cassis, and boysenberries. Background aromas of vanilla and cigar box interplay with a hint of anise. The palate is full, rich, and structured, but the tannins are so supple that the wine comes across with a lightness on the palate that surprises, especially when it leads into a long, long finish filled with coffee and chocolate, which is just as intense at the end as when the wine began.