Purple in color. The nose has cassis, black raspberries, and sandal wood. Also an herbal note that was hard to describe. A fellow taster said green olives and that is not too far off. On the palate, the Syrah seem to dominate although this is an 80/20 blend of Cabernet and Syrah. Black raspberries, an underlying char and some black olive notes. A very nice texture although a bit soft. The finish is a bit bitter black raspberry but not in a bad way. Overall, an excellent wine. It improved with air and more Cab notes seem to come out. It will be interesting to see how this ages.