On entry this wine, especially young, shows significant structure…toasty oak masking some of fruit that is evident after the wine gets some air. With that air, aromas of semi-sweet chocolate, violet and lavender, black cherry, and plum come to the fore before giving way to an abundance of integrating oak. Chalky tannins and the wine’s youthful texture are obvious in the mid-palate; the red and dark fruit notes and the abundant tannic structure extend through an abundantly acid-defined finish. Unlike 2010 and 2011, this offering shows the warmth of the early growing season and the perfect ripening conditions at the time of harvest. Overall, the effect of the entry structure,mid-palate richness, and finishing acidity and length is quite stunning.