This was a gift and has been in my "cellar" for about six years. I decided it was time to drink it. This wine was a pleasant surprise: it was very good right out of the bottle. It didn't change very much with aeration, just opened up a bit. It was equally good over the next two nights, until I finished it. Interestingly, there was no sediment in the bottle. This is a very pleasant wine, full-bodied but not overbearing. Even at its age, it still had plenty of fruit. As someone else said, also a bit of chocolate in the finish. A wine very good by itself or with food. I think it could have kept for a few more years. A good buy in its price range.
Last bottle opened '10. Did not like then. Too tight and tannic. I would say this wine is in its prime. BIG dark berries on the nose. Less fruit on the palate. Softer, silkier. Finish more earthy with leather and graphite. Quite enjoyable now compared to 4 years ago. Maybe another year to go but not much longer.
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