Purple in color with some ruby swirls, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has cassis, tobacco, cherries and dust. Medium to full bodied. Great lush texture. On the palate this is bigger than on the nose. Cassis with some char. Firm tannins. Medium depth. Good finish. i found this to be slow maturing like many 2000's but it is certainly accessible and drinking well at this point. it should go at least another ten years. This would work nicely with Lamb chops.