This was a companion to the Coteaux du Layon to accompany a variety of desserts at the New Year's party. It was a good accompaniment for chocolate-oriented desserts.
The color is an impressively deep ruby, and there are vigorous smells and flavors--wild red berries, spice, raisins, nuts. The wine is thick and rich but easy going on tannins. You can smell the alcohol (20%) but it doesn't cause much heat on the finish. Hints of nuts and toffee but this is a Vintage Character rather than a Tawny Port. This is a wine that would appeal to most drinkers and is an excellent value at less than $20 a bottle. In fact, D&W Market in Kalamazoo has the wine on special for $15.99.