Checkerboard Vineyards Red Blend 2009 1.5L Item #: 892628 Description: Bright ruby. Pure, expressive, attractively high-toned aromas of cassis, licorice, graphite, mocha and chocolate, with complicating notes of loam and tobacco. At once sappy and seamless, with a saline complexity and a floral nuance to the black cherry and licorice flavors. The big, broad tannins are firm but sweet. I tasted this sexy wine literally hours after it was bottled.