We had two bottles of this. The first was just amazing while the second was merely quite good. At age 16, bottle variation happens. The first bottle actually appeared and tasted older, so perhaps we just caught the second one in a dumb phase. Purple in color, a bit of bricking at the rim. The nose has cassis, camphor, slight cigar box and a sweet perfume. Full bodied. Tannins resolved. This is mature and at peak. Notes of cassis with underlying tobacco and slight char. Nice finish. This won't get better and should be consumed over the next five years. It will work great with grilled veggies or meats.