Screwtop. Decanted. Big, rich nose of complex, dark fruit layers on pouring. Full bodied with heavy tobacco at first. As it opened I received a faint mention of vanilla and dark berries, followed by warmth from the rising alcohol. Tannins were smooth and integrated and took a back seat to the bold finish and back palate dominance, which echoed on and on. Two hours in, only the aromatics seemed to mellow somewhat. The large flavors and dominant presence on the back palate was unrelenting to the end. Dynamite.
Did a vertical tasting of 06-10 on New Years Eve. The 2007 has always been a lush, fruity wine from the day of release. It is holding up very well, maintaining rich, dark red fruits, with cocoa and coffee on the end. With that being said, there hasn't been a lot of improvement with age, and not sure there will be going forward. Not seeing any reason to cellar for a long period.
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