Decanted for an hour and then poured back into bottle. Vibrant purple color, with smoky raspberry on the nose. A chocolate attack segues into a dark, red fruit finish - reminds me of Smuckers jam, the fruit is that intense. Nice acidic spine - very juicy and sappy.
A real surprising wine. I popped the cork, and for the next half hour sipped an almost undrinkable wine, hoping that it would turn the corner and open up. I was low in the fruit, with a hard tannic finish and just overall unpleasant. I gave up and opened something else. Two hours later, it has transformed. It has hasn’t opened up at all, but the hard and harsh finish has given way to a subtle and smooth ending. A very light cherry nose which opens up in the mouth with good weight. Short finish, but I’m still surprised at how much this has mellowed and softened with time. Still, the wine is at the end of it’s life and should be consumed soon.
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