A soft, floral-talc note coats earth and juicy red fruit on the comforting, almost sexy, nose. On the palate, flat blackberry and strawberry notes take on a bit of tanginess, thanks to the oak. It's medium to light in weight—this is no heavy-hitter—and finishes a little thin, the floral-talc note returning. The nose is the best part; the wine lightens up considerably after that. —D.M.