This bottle was brought to our house by friends. Frankly, I am not sure who as it was a party and then left unopened. My wife was having book club, and so it seemed like a good choice. This proved to be very popular and it was lucky I got a glass to taste. A very interesting wine. Purple in color. The nose has cassis, some dustiness to it, and just a hint of what can best be described as sweet oak. On the palate, there are strong tannins. The cassis follows thru but there is a sweetness to the wine that is similar to that of Bourbon Barrel Aged beers although not nearly as pronounced. The finish turn a bit bitter but not necessarily in a bad way. This sells for under $15 or so depending where you live. It is more of a cocktail wine but would work with grilled meats. It was a crowd pleaser for casual wine lovers. It far exceeded my expectations.