The 3 acres of Block 14 were planted in 1995. After cold-soaking and primary fermentation, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel and was aged 15 months in French oak barrels, approximately 40% of which were new. As is typical of this variety, the color is dense and inky, glass-coating dark purple with ruby just at its edge. Smoky, leathery and earthy initial aromas, with the spicy berry fruit just emerging. On the palate, chewy, medium body, grapey/grape soda/berry, tea and spice flavors and young but easy tannins. Decanting allows more of the soft floral and berry aromas to emerge. Easy-drinking and pleasant.