The wine's color when young is often compared to that of garnet, frequently being much lighter than that of other red wines. It has aromas of red fruits (raspberries, strawberries, black cherries) with hints of violets and spice. It is rich and complex but also relatively light.
The wine's acidity frames it nicely and will pair well with a number of dishes including pork, chicken, beef and game. The tannins are well-integrated and lead to a long, silky smooth finish.