Purple in color, ruby at the rim, mostly clear and bright. The nose is very nice with black cherries, cassis, slight spice and slight black olives. Medium to full bodied. Light tannins. On the palate, this is still fresh and vibrant. Tasty. Some depth and complexity as it unwinds in the glass. Great balance. Good finish. Drinking well now, it should go another five to seven years with no trouble. Nice on its own, but better with food. It worked well with eggplant parmigiana.