Inky purple. Explosively perfumed aromas of red and black fruit preserves, olive tapenade, smoky herbs and incense. Sappy, palate-staining blackberry and boysenberry flavors are complicated by notes of star anise and candied violet, with a jolt of cracked pepper on the back end. The finish strongly echoes the spice and blue fruit notes, lingering with outstanding clarity and persistent spiciness. This wine was fermented with 100% whole clusters in one-third new barrels and includes a bit of viognier.