The aroma is big too, there's bright dusty cedar, spirited cooking spice, cinnamon and clove, but the fruit notes are black and beautiful.
This fullest of full-bodied wines shines with bright acidity and rolling approachable tannin. Flavors are deep and robust black fruit, with a dominant black currant trailed by blackberry, plum, and are accentuated by brandy notes (14.9% alcohol).
The 2009 Special Selection Cabernet is an amplifier of a wine, magnifying spice to the 10 decibel level.
Finishes long on a fading palate that gathers spice, eucalyptus, and menthol.
Is there more to this wine? Yes! The grownups in the wine world will discover a seemingly endless descriptor well when drinking-and-telling about this inky wine from California.
I'll, on the other hand, use it as a learning experience; tasting a wine is the only way to know a wine!