This is the basic (non-single vineyard) wine from Rivers-Marie. To me, this is usually only a notch or two behind the amazing single vineyard releases and priced a bit better. It probably doesn't get the respect it deserves because of that. Deep purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has cassis, slight blueberries, spice and slight fresh lumber. On the palate, this has firm tannins. Good cassis fruit with underlying minerality and spice. Good finish. This needs time of course to develop. About five to seven to get close to peak and should have ten to fifteen after that. Nice finish. This drinks great on its own with some air and will work with heavier foods.