The first impression is one of stewed red and black fruits, plums and blackberries in particular, leading to a soupçon of Christmas spices, cigar and dark coffee. Imbibing delivers all of this plus a very noticeable touch of cranberry. The big structured tannins and moderate acidity portends a long life in the bottle.
Food Pairing Notes
A tannic wine does not always pair well with cheeses, but if you must, and I must, try fresh Pecorino, White Stilton, Oka, or a creamy Double Brie. Grilled foie gras with a cranberry or cherry relish would also go well to start the meal. For the Main, well you need fat. No Vegans Need Apply! Grilled pork belly in a cranberry reduction, with balsamic or cider. Both will work. For Dessert, think about a double chocolate cheesecake with cranberry sauce. Again, fat is a must.