This has a touch more Merlot blended in. The wine begins with aromas of black tea, anise, creme de cassis and sagebrush. The heady aromatics bring you back to the glass. The wine showcases a wonderful mouthfeel and texture. The wine shows mouthwatering acidity with a nice combination of dark and red fruits. The weight and tension of the wine is gorgeous. The tension is particularly striking considering the obvious heat of the vintage.