Wow, what a graceful wine. Tasted double blind. I guessed cabernet sauvignon and since it lacked the classic Napa flavor profile I went overseas and guessed super Tuscan. The black currant is very bright for such an aged wine with a nice rounded finish of gentle soft tannins.
Aerated to decanter 5 hours, which proved just right. Enjoyed over the following 3 hours, this continued to open up right up to the last glass. On first opening, a dead ringer for 96 Ridge Monte Bello, but with each successive pour, it moved more into the 2nd growth left-bank realm. My WOTY so far. Elegance, polish, depth, purity. Simply brilliant stuff. Glad to have been able to share it with Hollowine and brigcampbell. 12,0% abv, drink thru 2018