I am not sure how proper a bottle this was. Certainly, not as good as prior bottles I have had in the past. Purple in color, clear and bright. The nose is different. Some black raspberry fruit but also cloves and a slight minty quality. Very nice texture although there are still tannins. Black raspberry fruit that starts out a bit bitter but then finishes a bit sweet. This was a vintage that had rains at the end and perhaps at least some of these grapes may have been picked after the harvest as it is lighter than most vintages of this wine. All that said, it is still a very good wine.