Colour: dark violet, with brick tones.
Aroma: intense spices accompanied by soft green pepper, characteristic of this variety. There are toasted, vanilla, and smoke aromas from barrel aging.
Palate: this is a medium-bodied wine, very gentle and rich, combining many flavours. Leaves a velvety sweet sensation. It is a long wine, leaving a sensation of maturity
Let's say a grape variety normally takes 120 days to ripen. In an especially hot year, it may ripen after only 110 days; in a cooler year, after 130 days. Viticulturists generally do want a long growing seasons. Long ripening allows components in the grape other that sugar - tannins, for example - ...