Following previous advice, I decanted 90 minutes before dinner with a Venturi. I normally don't smell the cork, but the dark color drew me to it and I was surprised at the hint of a special wine.
Pouring from the decanter, an initial smell and taste excited me. A bouquet of blackberries and tobacco, the fruit was muted on tasting, with a long silky finish. By dinner this wine opened up even more. It was a hit along with my wife's pot roast. This wine has matured very well after 27 months in our cellar.
Decanted to allow the sediment to settle. Big aromatic and perfumed nose of dried red currants and cherries, tobacco, leather, spicy cinnamon, and piney, wet earth. Still plenty of balanced and dusty red fruit, and mocha in the mouth; tannins are rounded and well integrated. Great long finish. Enjoy with or without food. Fanatic QPR given the quality and age.
Dark magenta with a bit of garnet. Soft nose of red fruit, spice and forest. Medium bodied, blackberries, black cherries, pepper, dusty tannins, tobacco, decent acid, and a dark chocolate medium finish. This was a bit bretty on night 1, but is drinking very nicely tonight.
Lots of earth and dried red fruit here. Decanted half the bottle for 2 hours and drank the other half in glasses every 30 minutes or so. each lot was different but the 2 hour decant was the best. Not as much rich flavor as I hoped for, but still very complex and good.
PnP. Very slight bricking, but in excellent condition for almost eleven years old. Perfumed. Mature, and complex, displaying mostly dried red fruits and plenty of earthiness and tobacco. There are still slight vestiges of some black fruit but flavors seem to have evolved mostly toward red. Tannins well integrated. Great, long smooth finish. Great find on Woot @ $21 a few months back.
The nose shows big tobacco, black licorice, and cherry. Sweet and pungent. The palate shows candied cherry, black olive, leather mitt, and dark chocolate. This wine still has a pleasing amount of tannin present especially coming through on the mid palate. Good fruit, balance, and complexity. I am enjoying this wine so much more than the last time. Sad it's my last bottle. Long finish.
There's nothing like a well aged Cabernet or Bordeaux! Decanted briefly to allow sediment to settle. Signs of bricking as the color is brownish purple. Opens up immediately with aromas of currant, tobacco, sweet dark berries, and some mocha. Tannins are well integrated and the flavors are complex, the palate smooth, but still vibrant for an eleven year old wine. Medium finish. Definitely a great QPR at $21 from Woot and a pleasant surprise. Drinking very well at present but should be consumed over the next two years.
PnP. Nose has some dark fruit, currant, barn yard funk as others mentioned. Taste is slight dark fruit/cherry, earthy, some spice and a hint of chocolate. Tannins are integrated and the wine overall is very smooth. Color is dark red/brick. Light-Medium finish. Overall it was a decent wine worth trying, but I was not blown away. Also, after the wine had more than a few hours of air, it seemed to get pretty muted at that point and did not have a lot of stuffing left over. I would say drink this now or within the next couple years.
Nose is amazing. Currant, that barnyard I love, leather, smoke, and eucalyptus. Palate is almost completely devoid of fruit. Earth, lots of black olives, chalk, chocolate, and slight spice. Maybe slight blueberry and I ripe cherry on the fruit side if you really search for it. Strong tannins, dark burgundy with a brick rim. Medium finish. All of this after a 1.5hr decant.
Took a day to open up. Too overwhelmingly rich and dense upon initial opening. This will definitely benefit from decanting or more time in the bottle. After a day, it opened up and softened to (still rich) layers of cassis, blackberry, plum and black currant.
Color: Deep crimson with slight bricking. Nose: Floral/capers, kalamata olive, cherry and tea. Palate: The first couple sips had a viscous, palate coating feel which I did not enjoy. This did go away after breathing in the glass for about an hour. Black cherry, ripe plum and tea on the mid-palate which holds through the finish. Still has some tannins holding on.