Light brown/ruby in color. The nose has a lot of volatile acidity and alcohol which is unpleasant. There is some soy sauce, and a slightly nutty quality as well. Better on the palate. Thick texture. Slightly sweet. Nutty. Heat on the finish. This is for after dinner and food pairings might be a bit difficult. Perhaps some nuts. It's possible that this was not a proper bottle or had been mis-stored at some point. It is not bad, but one would expect a bit more.