Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is nice with black cherries, char, and spice. On the palate, this is a bit thinner than the Heritage Selection (but still a big wine). A bit more complexity if not depth. On the palate, black cherries continue thru over a smokey (not fire related) base. Good acidity. Long finish. This needs five to seven years to peak and should be good for ten to fifteen after that. It does drink well now on its own and will work well with grilled foods.