The color and nose were showing age, but not in a bad way. Nose presented creamy red fruit, oak, leather, earthiness, etc. Decanted about two hours before group tasting. The wine seemed more accessible about 15 minutes after opening rather than a few hours later. The tannins are very strong yet and I am not sure they will resolve before the fruit fades. The wine is fairly smooth with strong mid-palate and generous finish. Enjoyable, yet a little disappointing.
A bit more evolved colour than Altero. Moderately sweet and spicy nose with black cherries and blueberry jam, cloves, burnt earth, spruce, good intensity and complexity. Elegant, velvety, complex, very harmonious palate with all sorts of sweet, tart and tannic black berries, a touch spicy, med+ body. Very long. Fruity finish. Not a top tier, but a very nicely balanced wine, perfectly shaped, very long. Even better kept for another 5 years.
Enjoyed at Le Zie restaurant in NY city. Great price, too ($150). Wonderful, powerful nose of soil and smoke. Concentrated fruit with lots of grip still. Wine was served too warm, but flavors became sharper when chilled in ice for a few minutes and alcohol influence subsided. Why wait to enjoy? If akin to the 1990 brunellos, will be better at age 10 than 15....
A vibrant, full nose of dried cherries, smokiness, dark chocolate. Hints of tar. Grippy tannins. Medium bodied with flavors of tobacco and bitter cherries. Dark chocolate notes also. Very smoothed out.
Dark roasted nut. But I am stealing Nick's Thunder. Kernal oil. Remarkably soft mid palate. Coco and chocolate on the back. I wonder if that is fruit or wood. The grip comes up as expected. As if you took a very high percentage chocolate bar and tried to melt it -- burn. I wouldn't have tried to achieve this flavor per se. I am just not sure what to say.