This was bottle 14896 of lot L8113, as some others noticed this is a Bordeaux like wine in that it was dry but the tannins were very smooth and mellow. This had some burnt rubber on the nose initially but like many wines I like to give my wines a couple hours of air in a decanter or glass. The nose had dark strawberries, walnuts, caraway seed, and some tobacco. Palate had spice and nice acidity. I had one of these many years ago and enjoyed it also. I only recently heard about the problems with this wine and wondered if I would agree that it was bad, but fortunately both of these bottles were a great deal. I would gladly buy these wines again if they were available.
This was an enjoyable bottle of wine and even though I gave it a 91 it is not one of my favorite wines because of the molassas flavor that I get some of the time. This wine has a large amount of Blackberry, some plum and smoky oak with a nice spice and cedar quality. Tannins are present but not rough, I thought it could use a little more acidity. Will be interesting to try in a few more years.