"Inky ruby. Ripe cherry and dark berries on he perfumed nose and in the mouth. Plush and open-knit, with very good back-end power and sneaky smoke and tobacco nuances. Closes sweet and long, with smooth tannins making a late appearance. Wine Access tasting notes - Brilliant purple/black to the rim with voluptuous aromas of crushed black fruits, sweet herbs, tar and tobacco. The attack is massive, a teeth-staining confection of blackberry and mountain blueberry jam, at once dense, plush and chewy, all the 2009 opulence bracketed by textbook Howell Mountain backbone. Drink now, but only if you're impatient. Far better to lay this behemoth down for a decade or two."