In the glass this is a dark ruby color with brick red highlights. On the nose this shows an intoxicating mix of cherry, tobacco, and peppery spice with undertones of vanilla and cocoa. On the palate, this is a wonderful study in contrast and complimentary flavors. High-toned notes of bitter cherry and damson plum mingle seamlessly with earthy notes of fresh tobacco, mushrooms, and floral notes of rose petals and dill. Marvelously complex but totally approachable, this has a silky texture and fine-grained tannins that deliver a long, smooth finish. A kick of black pepper finishes the taste sensation.