After a disappointing previous experience, this second and last bottle is going into the beef stew. A small sample (not decanted but intermittently swirled in the glass for a couple of hours) does not seem to represent any noticeable improvement. It may be OK in a few years, but I am not going to bother find out: I stand by the decision to designate it for cooking. At present the wine is tight and comes across as unbalanced (even considering the tender age) and despite an initially promising nose, it does not deliver. I'd rate it 82 now with the potential to reach 86 if kept sufficiently long (say 2019+). I doubt it very much if this is ever going to be a balanced and elegant wine.
Great nose with bright fruit and subtle licorice and forrest floor notes. Big drying tannins still, but the expressive, vivid fruit balances the overall package. Interesting secondary notes emerge over time and add to the enjoyment over the long finish.
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