This bottle had been opened and allowed to breathe for 8 hours prior to drinking. It probably needed more. Ruby in color, slight browning. The nose has dried roses, slight tar, and cherries. There was also a slight oxidized/caramel quality to this. On the palate, this is very firm tannins. Fresh and dried cherries. Anise on the finish. Very traditional in style. Good balance. This needs food, pasta with a mushroom and cream sauce perhaps. I don't think it improves but a bit more cellaring or air wouldn't hurt. Drink over the next ten years.