The 1997 S.L.V. is like a poem. Its aromas and flavors are subtle and complex. It shows its classic Bordeaux-like elements in graceful abundance. Nuances of white pepper and brambly qualities perfume the essence of black plum. Fruit is lucious on the palate with an elegant backbone of spicy French oak flavoring. The wine evolves through layers of tea leaf and cassis flavors that are accompanied by restrained tannins, echoing in a silky finish.