Dinner with Friends (Chris and Renee's): Great showing and for many the WOTN. This seems to be just at peak and no sign for this bottle of being old or past peak. Purple/ruby in color and shimmering bright. The nose is gorgeous. Complex and deep. Cassis, cigar tobacco, slight clean barn notes, dark cherries and a slight roasted herb note. Full bodied. Nice texture. Not quite at that level on the palate, but still outstanding. Cassis, dark cherries, some tobacco notes. I would have expected a tad more layering but this was more a constant swirl of flavors. delicious. Worked great at the dinner table. Impressive showing.
Deep earthy aromas with the red fruit in the background. Medium to full body flavors of rich red cherry and sweet earth. Fully resolved tannins and soft acidity. Drinking remarkably well at age 21. Doesn't taste old.
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