Glass-staining ruby. Mineral-accented cherry and dark berry scents, along with hints of smoked meat, violet and cracked pepper. Broad, fleshy cassis and bitter cherry flavors show very good depth and take on a smoky nuance on the back half.
(aged in barriques and demi-muids, 25 percent of them new, for two years) Saturated ruby. Deep-pitched black and blue fruit scents are complicated by suggestions of potpourri, smoky minerals, incense and cola.
Inky violet color. Intensely perfumed aromas of ripe black/blue fruits, exotic spices, potpourri and olive are sharpened by a smoky mineral flourish. Juicy and expansive in the mouth, offering alluringly sweet blueberry and cherry preserve flavors along with hints of licorice and candied flowers.
Opaque ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet displays powerful aromas of black and blue fruit preserves, incense, peony and olive paste. Palate-staining blackberry, boysenberry, fruitcake and floral pastille flavors deepen steadily on the back half.
Pale yellow. Nervy, mineral-accented citrus and pit fruit aromas show fine clarity, and a sexy floral element emerges slowly. Concentrated yet lively pear and white peach flavors are complicated by notes of honeysuckle and bitter orange pith.