Glossy immature ruby color. Robust if a bit rude on the nose: slightly sooty blackcurrant leaf, dill, sasparilla root and turned earth. A little more expressive on the palate. More vibrant, crunchy and palpable, medium-full: blackberry, dark cherry and black licorice. The tannins are grippy, slightly rustic and a touch astringent: this being an ’05 they are nicely ripe so this will go. Mineral, iron rich core at its center. A prominent but not blatant acidity. Needs time. Obdurate and a bit brutal but the honesty and purity here is so frank we found this to be quite charming. From 2015.