Initial aromas of fresh loam yield to Christmas Spice nuances, cassis, fresh red plum, red cherry and pie crust. With air, the fruit elements (especially red cherry and plum) become more prominent. On the palate it is quite ‘sneaky,’ entering the room on silent cat feet. Then suddenly, the wine appears, all stretched out across the palate as though it was some living room couch. As it settles in, flavors of cassis, red fruit and underbrush emerge. The substantial structure then sinks in, well-developed tannins robe the entire mouth while issuing forth more cassis. The very long finish fades gradually and gracefully like some kind of liquid purple Cheshire Cat, leaving behind only a smile…and eventually an empty glass.