The color is a deep, brooding indigo in the glass, somewhat opaque. The nose is a lovely combination of ripe black fruit, cherry, plum and blackberry, over hints of tobacco, limestone and oak. The taste is wonderful, with some ripe cherry and blackberry that transitions easily to some complex mineral and spice notes midpalate. The tannins are somewhat refined, supporting a velvety mouthfeel and a lush, long, dry finish.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8 with some opportunity for improvement with another couple years in the bottle, and it's a pretty good value at $25 from the winery, but I bought this bottle at G.B. Russo's in Grand Rapids for $28. Tonight I am enjoying this wine with a classic pairing of rare grilled Angus NY Strip, grilled Brussels sprouts and a baked potato. And then after dinner, I might just enjoy sipping another glass on the patio, cheers!