Very pale ruby in color. Some Rose's are deeper in color. Of course, with Pinot Noir, that is not really an indication of much about the wine. The nose is dusty with cherries. Some underlying earthiness. Deep. On the palate, this is already showing a nice complexity. Soft texture. Layers of cherries, bitter cherries and earth. Balanced but not strong acidity. Good finish. This is very food friendly and should go with a wide variety of foods. It seems of its place, that is to say, California with sunshine and fruit but it is made in a more earthy style. It will be interesting to see where this goes over the next ten years. FYI, this wine was featured as the top wine in a blind tasting in the movie Somm III.