The color is a saturated crimson red-purple to the rim. On the nose, there’s a natural wild berry character, with lavender, conifer, rose petals, licorice, forest herbs, red cherry, and light spices. It is textured, mouth-filling, and medium-full, with a Burgundian elegance, and not at all an overwhelming style. But it is persistent, broad, with light soft tannins, the flavors echoing the aromas but with more crushed red berries, blood orange, quinine, blackberries, redwoods, and plum. A remarkable wine, absolutely textbook Russian River Valley style, the sandy and well-drained Goldridge soil series there contributing to the lower alcohol, long growing season, and a wine that is especially well balanced.