The nose of this wine is rich with earthy notes of cedar, redwood, mountain rock, graphite/pencil shavings, and saddle leather, opening to reveal brambly blackberry. Dark fruit qualities carry over on the palate with evocative notes of black currant and plum. Late on the palate is a complex vegetal fusion of green bell pepper, long pepper, and Saigon cinnamon, punctuated by herbaceous notes of thyme and tobacco leaf. Gripping tannins lead to a well-structured finish. Drink mid-2018 through 2035, will benefit from decanting.