Complex aromas of black cherry, rose petal, herbal tea, vanilla, toasted hazelnuts, leather, herbs, and spices are all prevalent on the expressive nose. The palate is at first elegant: with notes of marionberry, rose petals, and toasty vanillin-oak, but leads into a complex array of flavors as it lingers on the palate. Aged 16 months in French oak, the wine finishes with power and grace. The tannins are strong, yet have a defined finesse. It is sure to age gracefully for at least a decade or two.