No shrinking violet here; a full-on Merlot that spent 20 months in oak barrels. It’s still tight, but reveals black cherry, cassis and bramble with gorgeous oak spices on the nose. It’s thick and appropriately structured with a red fruit broth that adds cassis, earth and spice. It has ripe tannins and plenty of length through the finish. Cellar 5 to 10 years.