Initially the aromas of this dark wine were very earthy - like wet dirt or potting soil. After some air, coffee grounds, black cherry, granite, dark and semi-sweet (like the little Hershey nuggets) chocolate, licorice, cedar, pepper and spice emerged. It was about 1/2 fruit and 1/2 the other characteristics.
The palate was similar, joined by milk chocolate (so all sorts of chocolate was swirling around in there). There was lots of fruit and fine-grained tannins. The 15.5% alcohol content was a little noticeable at times but not at all bothersome; most of the time it was hidden by the layers of aromas and flavors.
I thought this was a terrific wine at any price, and for $19.99 from WineQ it is an enthusiastic thumbs up on all counts. This is the 2nd wine I've tried from Escafeld, the first being a 2004 Petit Verdot that was muy bueno.
Here's my pick for the YouTube video matching the wine - something I feel is equally complex. If you can't see it below, please click here.
Here is the link to the product page on Amazon.com: Steely Dan: Aja