This cab is known for being backwards and taking a long time to come around, yet, this, while still in need of cellar time was drinking quite well. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has cassis, and spice with some black cherries. On the palate, cassis, spice and black licorice notes with firm but manageable tannins. Goof balance and finish. If drinking before 2013, give it some air, but it should go well with heavier or roasted dishes. There is certainly some room for improvement. One of the best Mayacamas Cabs in years!