Clear deep garnet. Intiguing nose starts off like a “blueberry tea” cocktail, with a hint of “barnyard” and oak, opening in the glass to dates, raisins and vanilla. Tastes less complex than it smells, mostly of ripe blackberry, with heat from the 14% alcohol, and prominent acidity and tannins. A red-meat wine; I enjoyed it with bison and date sausage served with polenta in a marinara sauce. Can cellar for another year or 2.