This was my first time trying wine. It is a solid wine. Whether it is worth the $40 price tag is up to you. It did seem a bit advanced so perhaps look for younger vintages. Purple in color with some browning. The nose is dusty with black cherries. On the palate, this is tart with black cherry fruit. Also a black olive note. This drinks like a cooler climate Syrah. It will work with a wide variety of foods; stews will be great.