Purple, ruby at the rim. The nose has dusty black cherries, spice and slight violets. On the palate, this has black raspberries with slight black pepper. A streak of earthiness under it all. This is a big, fruit forward wine. It is still young and should develop over the next two decades (probably peaking after one). Good acidity. Would work well with bigger foods. Nice finish. Certainly a ripe wine, it might be a bit controversial among Rhone fans, but this is excellent. Certainly has some upside potential.