Another go at this one! It's available at K&L for $21 so you can't lose. Getting pepper and mushrooms on the nose. As with last time, very limited fruit on the palate - more musty dusty leather, very soft and light, but very satisfying with a nice lingering finish.
Bohemian garnet, not very fine and clear with brownish light brim; opened with the nose of pencil lead, lots of wood and earth; after half an hour - some secondary smell of cooked fruits. On the palate – not too much alcohol, very little acidity and fully integrated tannins. Little bit too woody for my taste, but worked well with Gruyere cheese; short to medium finish. Definitely over the peak already… If you still have a bottle or two – drink now.
Wonderful wine for dinner with spicy merguez sausage.
Aromas are all secondary/tertiary at this point, mushroom and cedar and leather (in that order). The maturity of the aromas concerned me, but on the palate it still had a core of dark red fruit, with good mid-weight texture and a spicy finish. I have had other over-aged bordeaux that I couldn't stand, but this one still had some stuffing left, and was balanced too. And god, the price...20 bucks?! I would certainly drink it this year and no later. Lamb is a good pairing.
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