Leather and a hint of must on the nose. Dark chocolate at first sip. Struggling to really identify the layers... The bottle seems to have mellowed. Will keep other bottle at rest for a couple more years to see what it can bring.
Il Mostro (The Monster). This may have been a "big" wine when it was bottled, but it has aged quite nicely already. Deep purple in the glass but bright purple when you swirl. Black fruits and refined tannins. I would think that this is close to peaking. I may pick up a few more to consume in the next three months if these are still available.
Has everything that you want from a flavorful cab, great depth, complexity and full of fruit with balanced midpalate into a very long lasting finish. Even the color is impressive jet black with red on the edges, aromas were rich black licorice, vanilla, spice, cocoa, several layers of black and red fruit on the front, velvety mouthcoating midpalate with vanilla, caramel, light tobacco, cherry, it is drinking poignantly well not but does have the structure to further improve. Mid 90s. -S
Far too much oak for my tastes, which really throws off any balance -- rough tannins overwhelm the fruit. Re-corked and kept at 55 degrees for several days and tried again, but the wine really didn't mellow at all and the fruit soured slightly.