Surprise I must admit, and finally a decent bottle of Chile red Bdx. Wanna be… Gave this a good six hours decant, and I believe that was a good thing. Nose with loads of generous fruit, cassis, black currant and dark berries, some vanilla and oak spices, touch of leather and sweet tobacco leafs, with oak showing, without being too much. Palate shows quite balanced smooth and silky fruit, touch of wood but not intrusive, black currants and blackberries, tobacco leafs and touch of herbs, generous and fruit driven, quite low acidity, but still not jammy or extracted. Rather mature, but I will keep my last bottle for a few years and see what happens. (88 – 90)
Immediately after opening and decanting - gorgeous nose with sweet, mouth filling, tarry fruit. Very approachable from the start - no restraint here. Two hours later, sweet spice and black fruits on the nose. Palate full of sweet cherries and dark berries. Delicate spice. Complex, smooth, and long. No obvious oak now but delicate vanilla core and with superbly integrated tannins. Very classy wine. A truly excellent bottle. It accompanied roast sirloin with aplomb.
BYOB HT14#1; 9/6/2014-9/7/2014: #BYOB - overpowering nose of creme de cassis. Some other dark, red berries, blackberries and plums but having trouble getting past the intense blackcurrant. Good acidity, young slightly rough tannins, full bodied and good length. Well made, but feels slightly one dimensional and to be honest very boring.
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