The 2012 Balius Reserve Block Cabernet shows a dark ruby color with garnet, almost purple, reflections in the glass. On the nose, dusty clay, rose petal and grilled herbs blend harmoniously with licorice, dark raspberry jam and fig cake aromas. The palate boasts an intense combination of dark red and blue berries, spices, sweet tobacco and black pepper. The oak is integrated seamlessly, and the perfectly balanced components come together in a finish that seems to go on for minutes.