Very dark and brooding on the nose, with hints of espresso, violet, sandalwood, and chocolate all framing the blackberry fruit. This enters the mouth with a rather silky feel. There are actually plenty of fine-grained tannins -- and good, integrated acidity -- that make themselves known on the mid-palate, but the rich yet restrained fruit does a good job of concealing them. The fruit is full of wild berry and intense spice tones, with a sharp nutmeg/mace element on the mid-palate and a touch of licorice on the intense black raspberry/black currant, briar, and lightly minty finish -- which is quite long, if somewhat tannic at this point. The fruit persistence is impressive though. Give this a year to settle down. Great Zin! 92pts.
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