The color is a light ruby, clear and bright. It is not a rose, but not a syrah, either. The nose is semi-crisp and medium bodied. There are hints of oak (primarily), grapes, nuts, and leather. There is a faint hint of chocolate. The initial taste (after letting the wine breathe) is medium and fades quickly, begging the consumer to continue their duty! It is warming to the palate, with the same flavors as the nose depicts. The follow through developes quickly and is full of the flavors provided by the barrel. It is fuller bodies, but lighter than the initial flavor.