Whoa. I thought this would be good, but this exceeded my expectations. From the first sip it just kept getting better, and the first sip was very good too. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is very pretty with black cherries, spice. a slight candied note and a floral quality (lavender?). On the palate, this has a wonderful texture. Lots of depth. Black cherry fruit with underlying spice and slight earthiness. Good balance. Long finish. This seems to be drinking young but I don't think it gets better. Easily has a decade left though. It will work well with most meat dishes but roasted veggies too.