The wine is a fairly dark ruby to maroon color. The very nice nose has blackberries, smoked meat, black pepper, baking spices, charcoal, vanilla, forest floor, and a touch of stems. This has medium body, moderate tannins, and good acidity. On the palate the spicy, peppery berries hit first followed by smoked meat and vanilla. The finish has good length but does show a touch of stems that sticks out a touch to prominently. This would merit a higher score if the stems didn't leave a lingering greenish note.
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