Vibrant purple/black core, bright red rim. Great color led me on….however, this was a puzzle and as such, this is less of a tasting note than a report on where this wine is in its life-cycle. Very difficult to pick up clear aromatics outside of hints of dark cherry & deep plumminess and this gets more difficult as it sits in the glass. Lacking in expression. The palate confirms this and my desire to capture the nuances of the flavor profile beyond “medium+ bodied with dark fruits” is foiled by the abrupt tasting experience. Short length, and tough to get much out this. In fact, The Wine Spectator just closed the door on this one with their “drink through 2011” recommendation! Clearly was at it’s best at release, the first time I tasted this wine was a couple of years back, with a far more favorable impression.