i don't often drink Chateauneuf's with this much age on them. This one has held up well. Deep ruby in color. The nose is earthy with black cherries, slight sandalwood, some dried cherries and a bit of chocolate. The fruit on the palate is still fresh and lively with some depth. Underlying earthiness. Good balance. Some but not a lot of depth or complexity. This won't get better and probably needs to be consumed sooner than later. It is food friendly and will work well with stews, roasts and chili.