90 Points

Monday, September 9, 2013 - Well...this wine has all the elements, and will be an excellent wine, but opening one now is like buying a ticket on a roller-coaster. I opened this and poured out one glass immediately. The nose came bursting from the glass and the flavors on the palate were delightful. Then, after 1/2 an hour open, the wine completely shut down...the nose disappeared and the wine turned in on itself, revealing very little in flavor - mostly acid and some tannin. At about 1.5 hours open, the wine came back to life again. Once more, the wine was excellent with a lively nose and palate. Good acids at this stage, and the wine was a nice foil for a grilled rib steak. But this pattern of opening and closing continued several more times during the night. The good news is that you can readily tell from the "open" phases that the wine has the elements needed to be a truly enjoyable wine. But I strongly suggest waiting until the wine is in a more "stable" life stage before you open one of yours. Give it at least 3 years to settle down. It will last a lot longer than that.

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