Bright, saturated ruby. Deep, pure but youthfully imploded aromas of blackberry, bitter chocolate, violet, minerals and licorice. Thick and dense but tightly wound, showing an incredibly primary dark fruit character in light of its extended elevage. This youthfully firm-edged wine’s tannic spine calls for at least another three to five years of patience; it should last for a decade or two. Showing less early sweetness than the 2006 version, but I like its floral lift on the back end.