This seems to be reaching end of life. Just over one year this was a much more robust wine with strong notes of black cherries and tobacco notes. Now the fruit and tannins are fading in the shadow of very high acidity. May use in coq au vin or short ribs while I try a bottle of the 2011.
Decanted two hours. This wine is bigger on the nose than the palate. The nose has an earthiness and almost a forest floor scent with cedar and wet autumn leaves yielding to a hint of dark berries and even cherry. Similar to the nose on the palate it yields dark fruit, but not as pronounced. Finishes weak. Minimally tannic. I have one more bottle but don't want to let it age too much longer and lose what little fruit is there.
I have always loved this wine! It is a little more subtle and approachable than the Don Melchor, with both having tar notes, but this one more relaxed. Very fun, very drinkable and muscular, and quite a value at the price!
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