This bottle did not disappoint!! Did not have time to pre-decant, but immediately had it in decanter with a semi vigorous swirling. Tasted on initial opening, and was very muted and shut down with a bit of heat, but after an hour started to sing. Not as much bouquet as the most recent '05, and still getting a little alch on the nose, but was very nice and probably with a reasonable 4+ hour decant, would be much more vibrant. Once starting to open, a fabulous array of dark black & red fruit with a little plum and a little spiciness, but just started to show as dinner was coming to an end. All in all a fabulous wine and paired amazing well with the steak. Think another year or two in bottle could have this jump a point, and if your treating yourself now, would suggest a good few hour decant.
Decanted for three hours before service. In the glass, dark, saturated purple-tinted maroon. On the nose, clean, pure aromatics of stone fruit and currants. On the palate, currants and a slight vegetal green pepper note, made me think cabernet franc, with a long, tannic finish (although not as tannic as I was expecting given other CT comments up to this point). Approachable now, but still primary - I think another 5-10 years are needed to bring out all of the goodness.
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