Deep red color, almost slightly purple. There was definitely a little funk and some band-aid/iodine on the nose when first opened. An hour plus later, blueberries, violets and a faint bit of tar are what I smell. This has evolved on the palate as well. Initially there were stewed dark fruits such as plum dominating, and I thought it might have been a little cooked. It has opened up wonderfully. Dark berries, pepper, dried herbs, maybe some licorice. Good acidity and a nice bit of grip/bite. I'm not yet good at gauging longevity, but I'd say this has 3-5 years left easily, maybe more. Delicious now though. 91-92.