Purple in color, ruby at the rim. This is very tight and in fact, much less forgiving than bottles tried a year and two years ago. The nose is dusty with black cherries. On the palate, cassis and medium tannins. It opens a bit with air, but at this point, it should probably sleep for five years. If you must open one, give it 8+ hours of air. There is a nice wine in there once it opens up, but a much higher potential.