Solid and flavorful, with a bouquet of smoky oak over dry cherry fruit, accented by pepper and spice. The wood is plentiful but handsome, nicely framing the ripe fruit. Earthy forest-floor notes and a supple yet tangy mouthfeel complete the attractive package. It's warm and inviting, finishing with good length. Drink now through 2005. Significantly better than a bottle rated previously.