Opened and consumed without decanting. The wine posessed a tight nose offering little. Using a Ventouri to put some air into it helped a little, but it still seemed somewhat closed. The wine is definately full bodied with a chocolate/ red fruit profile. The tannins had disappeared, leaving it a little one dimensional. All in all nice, but I was expecting more.
This started out impressively with raspberries and iodine on the nose. Earth, leather, and minerals appeared along with a greenness that at first was positive but after the first glass seemed to become more prominent with time with a negative correspondence of the fruit. This bottle seemed past peak.
Wow! From the 1st sniff this wine had it all going for it. I got this in '04 from a United Way auction, donated by our Argentina distributor. The entire label was in Spanish so this was not a US export bottle. Tremendous stuff with sweet rasberries and a wonderful earthy nose. The finish lasted 30-40 seconds. This was the kind of bottle that makes you very sad when you pour the last glasses for everyone.
I drank this because there is another case of the 2001 up for auction again and I know I will now be bidding as hard as I can for at least 3 bottles. While this was drinking excellent tonight it had the 'stuff' to keep for another 5-7 years.