Allowed to breathe for a couple hours before serving. A blend of 97% Syrah, 2% Roussanne and 1% Viognier. Inky purple in color. The nose has boysenberries, roasted meats and roasted herbs, and some black pepper. Full bodied. On the palate, the boysenberries come thru with an underlying char. This is deep with some complexity. Not as intense or explosive as many of Manfred's wines but still a big wine. 15.5% abv but not noticeable on the nose or palate. This is getting close to maturity but might still improve. It drinks great on its own but will work with grilled or roasted veggies, meats and fowl. Drink over the next ten to fifteen years.