The appearance is hazy with a deep garnet core and pink rim. The nose showed developed aromas of dried herbs & vegetation, smoke and cassis that evolves into a more briary note. The palate is medium-bodied, soft and round on the attack with delicious sweet/sour cherry fruit and fresh acidity giving way to a layer of smoke. Although not overly complex, it is well-structured and a seamless experience. We found the tannins on the finish a touch chalky and drying which would likely be mitigated by drinking it with food. Medium in length. Overall, a very pleasant surprise for the vintage. There’s life left in this one!