Picked up this bottle from the Wine House and took to Nan Ban Kan, our favorite yakitori restaurant, to enjoy with our nephew who is on winter break from Cornell. The color is a combination of ruby/garnet, without any tinge of brown, remarkably youthful in appearance. This was a pop & pour, and the wine was ready to go from the start. The wine was notably soft & sweet, with flavor combination of cherry, cassis, black fruit, and a nose of tobacco & plum. The wine gained more weight & complexity after about an hour in the glass, and just wished we had more in our glasses to see how it would have further evolved. The wine had good balance, and a long finish, despite its overall sweet & lovely personality. For those like myself looking to backfill the cellar with older vintages, this is a definitely a top choice. What a delicious bottle!!