Easily the best bottle I have had to date. All of the previous reductive notes have disappeared and what is left is a wine of great purity. Nice nose of red raspberry, black cherry, leather, and a hint of spicy oak. On palate, supple and lush with raspberry, leather, anise, and spice. Long balanced finish with nice grip. The starts were lined up for this bottle. Drink or hold over the short term.
Don't what it was about this bottle on this night, but this wine showed very well. Nice nose of violets, tar, red raspberry, leather, and smoke. On the palate, rich with red berries, black raspberry, spice, leather, and smoked game. Nice finish with decent grip and balanced acidity. The floral aromas were incredible. Drink or continue to hold over the shorter term.
Such a pleasurable, easy drinker but this one did not shine quite like the last. It might have crested or perhaps it's just a moody bottle. Nevertheless, it washes down with burgers really well and did not stand much of a chance of lasting into day two.
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