Purple in color but the sheen is flat. On the nose there is some VA here. Black cherries, some damp tea leaves, a hint of cigar box and slight funk. Old but nice. On the palate, this is much more alive. Complex and deep. Black cherries, cherries, slight prunes with slight tannins. Also some underlying decaying forest floor. Good acidity. Nice finish. Worked better with some cheeses. Probably varies from bottle to bottle but I would think this has five years easily and maybe more before slowly sliding downhill.