The color was a wonderfully very dark ruby color as you would expect from Cahors. There was dark fruit and smoke in the nose. Flavors were smoke, rubber tire, spice and dark ripe fruit. Moderate well integrated tannins, good acidity and a long finish. We had this wine with a bean casserole with Italian sausage and they paired very well together. I plan on getting more of this wine and it should cellar well for several more years.
Update: We tasted this wine again in December 2012. Ripe dark fruit is evident on the nose. Complex dark fruit flavors with hints of cedar accompany grippy, well-integrated tannins. The finish is long with flavor and tannins. This medium body wine stood up well to a spicy Chicken and Andouille Jambalaya. The flavors have changed considerably and it is drinking very well. We have several more bottles of this wine and look forward to tasting it next year.