This wine is hitting its stride now. On its own, in a vertical, it would come off as more restrained and more acidic than its brethren STs, with less overall ripeness. However, that's what made this outstanding to drink with a black truffle risotto. The pairing was unbelievable. The lovely cedary aromatics of the Sass blended beautifully with the meaty truffle aroma. The weight and balance and silky tannins didn't fight, but rather melded perfectly, with the food. I loved this wine.
Decanted for 6 hours before having it with a short ribs and beef tenderloin dinner. Still has ages left in the bottle. Probably still too young to drink with anything other than a strong red meat dish. Wonderful nose, with lots of depth and complexities. Taste was extremely ripe, bursting with lush cherries and cassis, mingled with chocolate, mint and cedars. Tannins were softened, but there was lots of it, providing a firm backbone.