Aged over two years in fine French oak barrels, this masterpiece is the proud winner of a 2009 Double-Gold Medal from SFWS. Briny opening aroma; more time in the glass allows a peppery almost gum-like, biscuits perfume to develop. Sweet palate entry shows roasted peppers and pineapple tastes. Then the mid-palate showcases luscious flavors of chocolate, orange and sugar cookies. Aftertaste is sweet, sugary and long. This is the choice of the most sophisticated consumers searching for the full-body obtained from the more dominant wooden essence.