Opened with dark currant and strawberry aroma. Initial profile of pure tobacco with a tomato water back. After decanting for 2+ hours the currant came out- the tobacco and vegetable still apparent. Tannins not as balanced as I had hoped, but still very good if not challenging.
Decanted for about an hour, while the reserve was opened an hour earlier. Deep purple in color- same as reserve. Nose of jammy cherries with lavender/floral components. Aroma almost indistinguishable from the reserve. Great profile of lush cherry and a bit of smoky sandalwood. Longer finish than the reserve, and we all agreed better.
First 5 minutes showed strong mint and lilac on the nose. Mint left leaving strawberries and floral accents. Extremely well integrated- jammy strawberries, vanilla, gravel, and velvety tannins. Seems like we popped it at its peak.