The color is medium ruby with pink at the edge. Notes of balsam wood, spice box, tar, and rosewood reluctantly emerge from the aromatics. In the mouth, flavors of spice and leather compete with dusty cherry fruit in a tannic, austere, closed, steely style. I do not find enough sweetness, glycerin, or extract to make this profound, but it is very good to excellent. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2025.