Hess is an excellent winery with a long track record. This wine is one that is a consistently good value every vintage and reasonably easy to find. Deep ruby in color with purple swirls. The nose is tight at first, but opens to black cherries, some cassis and some baking spices. On the palate, the black cherries carry thru. Light tannins. Easy drinking. It might get a bit better with a couple of years of age but should be drunk in the next few years. This will go great with grilled or roasted foods.