2018 SMD 750ml
The 2018 SMD gives up dark, toasty cherry and plum notes followed by mocha, cedar, creosote, saddle leather, a whiff of chocolate cake, and forest floor with some graphite. The bright, juicy blackberries on the palate burst forward with chunky tannins that turn silky, giving structure to a long fruited wine of purity.
All of the wines spent 19 months in French oak barrels and were bottled unfiltered. The wines show the best of their vibrancy in the first decade, while being able to age longer, and in the short-term benefit from being decanted to allow them to open up fully.