I've been cellaring this wine since PaulB gave it to me during a get together last spring. I was looking for someting interesting tonight, so this what I opened. I had handled the bottle several times over the past year, but my first suprise was removing the capsule and discovering that it was a clear glass bottle. One can hardly see through it, but the color is typical inky dark red-black Foch. But it still has just a hint of purple on the edges, which indicates it could last several more years. The nose is cherry-cola with just hints of oak and cinammon. At 11% ABV its nicely balanced. Although not as full of tannins as a CS, it still fills the mouth nicely with good acidity and has a nice long finish. I haven't made a varietal Foch since '03 (my brother still has a bottle of it) and I never had the patience to let mine age for more than a year or two. An old friend who also makes Foch told its no good unless its at least 5 years old. I wouldn't say that they're bad young, but this 7 year old opened my eyes. Thanks Paul - I appreciated it!