The first sips of this wine were a bit bland, surprisingly so considering the grape is a bordeaux. However, after pouring out two glasses and letting it sit for about 10 minutes, we were happy that the spicy and deep flavor started to emerge. We had this with a steak and potatoes dinner, and it paired very well with that food. However, once the hearty meal was gone, the wine seemed too loose some of it's appeal. So: open early and try to eat with a hearty meal!