Vinturi - nose of earth, dried fig, licorice, tobacco, chocolate and black raspberry. This has a (positive) confectionary aspect that reminds me of something (good) from Australia.
Round, very deep, and low-toned (slightly flat) in the mouth. A reduction sauce, flavor-wise, that could use some lift. All tannin in the clenching finish. Interesting 2003. Big, burly thing that can't dance.
Day 3 - Nose is beginning to flatten/dry out. Dried out reduction now, totally dead in the finish. A great argument for irrigation in crazy, hot, years...
$35. I think the blend is based on Merlot.