Inky purple in color. This is very tight (pop and pour). Unlike a lot of 2012's, this needs some air or cellar time. The nose is nice with cassis, graphite, vanilla and spice. Full bodied. Lush and big. On the palate, black currants, black pepper, sandal wood and slight earthy forest floor notes. Good balance. Long finish. Kept improving. Great now, but with upside. Probably anothe 10 years to peak and good for a couple more decades. Prodigious wine.