The deep bluish purple color still had a youthful vibrancy. And the earthy nose was tinged with notes of ripe cherries and berries. Velvety smooth tannins detectable on the first sip melted into a mouthful of roasted herb, tobacco and spice box flavors. A medium long finish. Sadly, it was my last bottle, since it still has at least 5 more years of aging potential.