With peppery lightly spicy upper notes, this wine had a heavy chocolate base. It was sold as a BBQ wine, but felt way too heavy for mid summer temperatures! I see this happening in winter with slow cooked beef cheeks or mole.
This is the kind of red wine, where the snow should be several feet deep outside and a roaring fire inside, kind of wine. Cosy, full bodied, comforting and reassuring.