The wine opens with bold, generous, aromas of ripe blackcurrant, fresh raspberry, baking spice and a touch of dried herb. On the palate, it feels as big, bold, rich and deep as the 15.1% alcohol 2016, but is even smoother and more finessed. Flavors range from dark currant, blackberry, and raspberry fruit to cured tobacco, exotic spice, and just a touch of toasty oak. Those flavors keep on pumping through a long, generous, and smooth finish with just enough fine tannin to give shape and help the wine stand up to steak or aging. Delicious now with a decant (try 30-45 minutes) and sure to improve for 7-10 years.