The 1996 displayed dominant characteristics of fresh damson plum skin and black cherry. The youthful fruit-filled bouquet followed with additional notes of tarragon, chervil, violet flowers and jasmine. Subtle oak characteristics included campfire and toasted bread aromas framed by sweet cola and licorice spiciness. The wine was full-bodied with plenty of wood tannin and mouthwatering acidity. Very long on the finish. Additional notes: Many other tasters recognized cranberry, cassis & tart cherry flavors. Pine needles arose as another descriptor on a couple of occasions.