The 2012 Winston Hill is an intense inky purple color. The aromas are copious; leading with notes of ripe black cherries, warm sticky buns topped with caramelized pecans, and fresh ground coffee beans. As further layers emerge; aromas of aniseed, dried sage and dusty cedar are uncovered. The palate is concentrated, vibrant, and beautifully polished: bursting with the rich flavors of brioche French toast drizzled with blackberry syrup, espresso bean Panna Cotta, dried blueberries, hickory smoked almonds, and Asian spiced ribs. This wine is strikingly balanced being both graceful and structured; with silky tannins that create a supple texture, while the well structured backbone provides a long lingering finish and noteworthy age-ability.