One of Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2012 this is a powerful cabernet with gutsy weight and a polished feel with fresh plum, warm blackberry sauce, bittersweet ganache, and roasted apple wood notes. This is a massive, excruciatingly rich, tannic, potentially long-aged wine. Meant for consumers with excellent taste, it boasts a dense opaque purple color as well as a bouquet of licorice, forest floor, unsmoked cigar tobacco and a hint of earth. The wine reveals tremendous denseness and richness, a broad, savory mouthfeel and elevated tannins in the finish. However, there is a sweetness to the tannins and no trace of bitterness and astringency, always a sign of a top vintage as well as fully mature grapes. This 2009 vintage should be forgotten for at least a decade, and consumed over the next 30-50 years.