This is a step up from most MdA's. Very good. it is ripe and there is a slight ripe/sweetness to it. It is delicious. Purple in color. The nose has plums and sandalwood. On the palate, ripe plums and dark cherries. Enough acidity. Good finish. At $30, it is pricier, but worth it. At 8 years from vintage, it seems to be just closing in on peak but not quite.