couldn't keep my hands off this. needed a tuesday night bottle and since it was only $8 it was the winner. didn't take notes, but the oak was much more integrated thasn my first bottle. a real surprise since it had only been 6 weeks since the last one, so maybe bottle variation or travel shock. anyway it was much cleaner and shows promise. hopefully i can hold off on the next for 6 months.
decant for 90 minutes, drank over 3 hours, lots of sediment. nose of herbal anise, blackberry and oak. the palate has lots of blackberry with licorice and oak. finishes fairly long, but slightly bitter. takes some time for the acid to come out, but it is fairly well balanced. there is just no making up for the intense oak, surprising considering the age of this bottle. i didn't notice any signs decline, so i will try to give these some time for the oak to hopefully integrate more fully. could potentially go several points higher.
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