The fill was into the neck and the cork was pristine. A darkly purple core, turning to red at the rim. Restrained on the nose, with primary and reticent notes of dark black fruits, roasted meat, and hints of cedar. Medium bodied, but a bit flat on the palate; lacking in depth and texture. A bit short on the finish. Quite disappointing; there were no signs of heat damage, but I suspect this was a bad bottle.
This wine has improved considerably over the last 5 years! The fill was into the neck and the cork was sound. An outgoing bouquet, with notes of casis, tobacco, cedar and black truffle. Medium bodied, with a velvety texture, impressive depth, good grip, and a long finish.