Aromas needed aggressive swirling to coax the cherries and spice. Palate was medicinal at first, but smoothed out with air showing dark fruit, hints of vanilla, good acidity, and good length. Very enjoyable.
Opened and poured (a mistake: Should have decanted for an hour). At first the nose was like fresh sourdough, but after some vigorous aeration, I got some fruit. Similar in the mouth - the fruit took some coaxing, but I enjoyed the strong attack, the balance, and the long finish. As the wine breathed, it seemed to relax and show off its balance and complexity, but remained vigorous. This wine can work alone, but I enjoy it with food - it is strong enough to pair with many options, but I think of crisp, bold, natural vegetable flavors that would show off the wine's classy edge and complexity. The 2006 is great now and should remain so for 2 or 4 years.
Decanted 1 hour. Deep garnet in color. The bouquet from this Guilliams is incredible: tobacco, cedar box, vanilla bean, currants and even some anise? Full bodied. Coated the glass quite nicely. Ample, but not overbearing weight with a wonderfully silky mouthfeel. Layers of dark berries and chocolate on the palate. The finish lasted at least 45 seconds. Seemed to express more and more as time went on with no loss in momentum for the three hours we enjoyed it. The 2006 Guilliams is an outstanding wine that is really showing balance and poise in its youth so one would not be disappointed to drink now. Hopefully, age will reward it further.