Decanted and consumed over 45 minutes. Wow - this wine shows little to no signs of its age. Huge in the glass, lots of brown sugar and spice. Just a touch of heat (but not distracting). Palate is simply bursting with dark fruits, meat, smoke, spice. Thick, rich, glass coating. Really fun wine - had with Spruce burger - wonderful pairing.
This excites me for some of the younger Relentless that we have sitting in our cellar (and also makes me convinced patience is key). Wine still on the young side, but starting to come together more. We opened it (but no decant) prob an hour or two before we started serving. Then drank the glass (against an '03 Araujo Eisele Syrah and an '07 Efeste Ceidleigh) over the course of another hour or so. Much fruiter than the Araujo, less syrup-y than the Efeste. It was very tight upon first pour, but opened up over the course of the night (in retrospect, really should have decanted). Great blackberries. Nice leather. Tasty wine.
So much better than 2 years ago, and it was very good then. Still fairly opaque, purple with great structure. Cherry on the nose. Vanilla, white pepper and black coffee and dark fruit with soft tannins that have mellowed even more.
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