My last notes still stand, but time will not be a friend to this wine - drink up. With air the tanins become dusty/dry and the unintegrated wood tanins really show. Not enough phenolic ripeness here to age or ever approach balance. Acidity shows too much with air as well (together with lots of roasted prune). Length has increased, but little complexity or mouthfeel, and a fair bit of heat (doubt this is only 14.5% alcohol claimed on label). Pop and pour all remaining bottles during this year as a mid-week quaffer. To my taste, other CT reviews are over-rating this wine at '90pts'. Given the clumsy winemaking my revised 87pts is already generous!
Far better with only minimal time (15mins) in a decanter. With 1hr of air the wine became much drier and dustier. Drink in next 2yrs. Good mid-palate mouthfeel though bit prune-like, dusty and dry on the finish.
Started a little sharp- fruit came through but even the vanilla wouldn't soften it- let it sit an hour- big deep earthy nose- much more pleasant presentation of black berry jam, with tobacco and a bit of leather and vanilla, moderate smooth tannins
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