Inky purple in color, opaque and slightly flat. The nose is tight initially, but opens with air to show boysenberries, roasted herbs and spices. Full bodied. Firm tannins. On the palate, there are black cherry flavors along with some spice. With air, plums come out. An interesting root beer note on the finish. Also, some warmth. This is young but delicious now. No harm opening now, but it should improve with a couple years in the cellar. Drink over the next ten years. This would go well with stuffed acorn squash and of course, meat dishes.