Deep, inky, teeth staining concentration. The merlot is more prominent at this time but there's a great depth and complexity here. A few yrs will look towards better integration and that lofty 97pts awarded by WS.
Really starting to strut it's stuff and considerable more open than a yr ago. Cherry, sweet tobacco, violets, tar.. its all here with great balance. Gum drying tannins typical of this style and very enjoyable.