Colour is light, but with no amber - still ruby on the edges with a slightly deeper core.
The nose is forest floor & cedar - wild berries as well. Hints of classic pencil lead and a slightly floral edge.
The palate is elegant with soft, plush fruit - rich with toasted raspberries, blackberries, blackcurrant - then comes really good secondaries; forest cedar, gentle wood spice, leather all supple and beautifully integrated. The structure is sublime because it's invisible - you don't notice it until later because everything tastes so right. I'm loving this. The finish brings out some of the tannins. Incredible with the venison sirloin. My red of the year so far...
Tasted at Naughton 9/8/2005