No need to differ from pro scores on this bottle. Beautiful nose of blackberry, cherry and spice. Medium bodied and silky with blackberry, currant, cherry, and a touch of vanilla, with a very long finish that adds a bit of spice. Tannins were just a touch rougher and drier than I would have expected. In a beautiful place, just not as lush as some other vintages I have had in the past such as the '94 and '97.
From half bottle purchased in December that for all I know was sitting on the shelves since release.
Drinkable, but sure seemed more advanced in age that I would have expected. Almost nonexistent nose, medium bodied at best with cherry, black cherry and blackberries, shortish finish with only mild tannins remaining.
Lots of blackberry, black raspberry and spice on the nose, with in and out whiffs of alcohol. Medium bodied with more dark fruits, earth and a refreshing acidity, with a medium to long finish with some spiciness. Well balanced with no heat on the palate. Very good value.