Very international in style, with a dark berry and sweet oak bouquet. It's smooth on the tongue, with licorice accents and a similar profile to that of the nose. Picks up a nice cocoa note on the long, even finish. This can be criticized for being a bit anonymous with its ultrasmooth feel and dark toast patina, but it sure is tasty, and will have wide appeal. Drink now–2004. —M.M.