Chris Blanchard, MS
Deeper red and nearly opaque, you can sense structure and power in the heady richness of the dark red fruit aromas emanating from the glass. Indeed the aromas of cola, root and dry spices coat the deep dark black cherry notes, with just a slight hint of orange in the high notes.
On the palate the wine is certainly rich and full bodied, with a perception of skin tannin on the finish. The fruits are black plum, huckleberry, marionberry and black cherry. There is a creaminess and toastiness that might suggest barrel aging. This is a delicious powerful wine that offers toasted Indian spices, black truffle and grilled porcini mushrooms. The fruit is intense, full and powerful and the finish is long and luxurious.
This would certainly work with a lamb curry, not too hot, or chicken vindaloo. Certainly would work with sun dried tomatoes, game, venison, or a simple burger on the grill topped with cooked mushrooms.