On the nose are the trademark brooding characters of Blackwell with notes of dark chocolate, wild blackberry and hints of clove and aniseed. There is a subtle edge of violet and raspberry as the wine opens up. Dark cherry adds to deep fruit characters on the palate. It's more mineral and textural than previous years and rolls nicely from fruit into spice and cracked pepper. Chalky, coating tannins provide structure and a long finish with lingering pepper.