Deep purple colored with some slight rim variation showing a bluish hue. Fast moving legs show off the 13.5% ABV. The nose has medium intensity aromas of blackberry, chocolate powder and charred oak. Perfume and some floral notes add to the layers of flavor. The palate is dry with medium (-) acidity and medium tannins. It’s very smooth without too much structure to detract from the flavors of blueberry, blackberry, chocolate and charcoal. Medium bodied it has a short finish that I am enjoying. It’s rather simple but very easily quaffable- this $21 bottle gets 87 points from me and 3 stars. Drink soon with rich stews and winter dishes. Salut….