If you are really into hard core, screaming reds, I think I just found something you’ll like. This wine is anything but subtle. This is a smack-you-in-the-head red. The aroma wakes you up with a tobacco, herbs, dark cherry jam and just a little bit of licorice. But be warned – you may get a little bit of alcohol in that sniff as well. At 14.5%, the alcohol is forward and strong when first opened, so this is a wine that can stand up to aeration or decanting. The flavors are just as intense as the aromas – deep dark red cherry, leather and spicy herbs pave the way to an intense finish. The tannins are reasonably balanced and the body is definitely full. I enjoyed this wine with a spicy sausage stuffed banana pepper and some rustic bread.