the comely brunette and i had a bottle of this about a year ago and had another laying down in the cellar. i remember liking it the first time around and a year in the bottle could only help. i was not as impressed as i hoped i would be. the nose certainly was there. plums, cherries and mocha aromas. i also got some herbal notes. the comely brunette picked up a eucalyptus note that i didn't get. on the palate, black cherry and plum flavors, medium tannins, some spice and cocoa. but then a funny thing happened. it just disappeared. there wasn't a long finish as i expected there would be. i can't say i was completely disappointed, but i was left wanting just a bit more. tasty, but not as big as i would have hoped. about $15.