A very old bottle at this point, by all accounts several years past its prime. The color was deep purple with the beginnings of a fade towards brown. At first an earthiness and raisin quality on the nose. As it aired a bit I was afraid it would oxidize more but actually some more deep black fruit aromas appeared, blackberry compote perhaps. Mid-palate there was still a bit of black fruit, sage, leather and tobacco. Acidity had waned by this point and the flavors didn't hold up long. Tannins were still present on the finish, giving it some bite at the end. I would have enjoyed tasting this in its prime, but it was still a nice experience for something that easily could have been too far gone. Drink 2005-2009.
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