Bright, full ruby. Brooding aromas of roasted black fruits, coffee and bitter chocolate. Suave on entry, then dense and silky in the mouth, with lovely lift and brightness for the vintage. Firm flavors of black cherry, blackberry, cassis, licorice and minerals. Builds slowly and inexorably on the back end, with the huge, youthfully aggressive yet even tannins spreading out to coat the front teeth. A big boy, and likely to be long-lived. Stephen Tanzer.