Not sure why, but this was even a touch better than a bottle a few weeks ago. Seemingly more approachable. Perhaps it was running it through a Vinturi this time around. Perhaps it was the food pairing (Country styled herb infused chicken with pasta also bathed in herbs). Smooth lush mouthfeel. Finishing the rest of the bottle after the meal - yes, I guess it is perhaps just a bit tight on the finish, though it does continue to open in the glass. It will also probably give more on the nose with some additional time in the bottle. Really nice QPR.
Like this a lot better than some of the more highly rated vintages. More balanced, less extracted than many from '07 I've had. A bit tight at present, but great raw materials. Bold flavors, but packaged in a velvet glove and medium-weight body. An example of "power" yet "delicate" in the same package. This should really shine with another 3-5+ years as it further integrates and shows some secondary character. 92+ points on potential. Not quite ready today, it would score less (for me) for current consumption.
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