The wine is an inky black color at the center, with bright ruby along the edges. The nose is a lovely expression of earthy brilliance and lovely ripe fruit, with aromas of leather, blackberry, plum and cassis and a bit of smoke lingering over the top. The taste is divine, with a rush of ripe black fruit up front, blackberry, plum and black currant that transitions nicely to some wonderfully peppery spice notes midpalate. The tannins are mature and very well integrated, leading to a long, smooth, voluptuous finish that seems to last a minute or more.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 9, I've said before that I prefer L'Ecole's Perigee to the Apogee, but this one is about to change my thinking! This wine is a perfect big steak wine, which is good since tonight I'm enjoying it with a thick, rare grilled prime ribcap steak from Costco (thank you errands!) with a baked potato with sour cream and chives and some steamed orange cauliflower (let's see if it's still the "in" veggie for 2017!). Cheers!